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This text focuses on analyzing and critically evaluating published research. The text includes a checklist, sample study, and research problems that are already worked out. This fifth edition features instructions and descriptions for running statistical tests using the personal computer and the software program SPSS. The text also includes expanded coverage of qualitative data collection methods. Smaller changes include more information on the ethical requirements for researchers and discussion of the use of meta-analysis and techniques for employing a wider range of research designs.
I: Introduction. 1. The Role of Research. II: LOGICAL STAGES: FROM PROBLEM-POSING TO PREDICTING. 2. Selecting a Problem. 3. Reviewing the Literature. 4. Constructing Hypotheses. 5. Identifying and Labeling Variables. 6. Constructing Operational Definitions of Variables. III: METHODOLOGICAL STAGES: DESIGNING AND MEASURING. 7. Identifying Techniques for Manipulating and Controlling of Variables. 8. Constructing Research Designs. 9. Identifying and Describing Procedures for Observation and Measurement. 10. Constructing and Using Questionnaires and Interview Schedules. IV: CONCLUDING STAGES: ANALYZING AND WRITING. 11. Carrying Out Statistical Analysis. 12. Writing a Research Report. V: ADDITIONAL APPROACHES. 13. Conducting Evaluation Studies. 14. Qualitative Research: Case Study or Ethnography. VI: THE RESEARCHER AS CONSUMER. 15. Analyzing and Critiquing a Research Study. VII: APPENDIXES.