Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies / Edition 3

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Bridge the gap between research and practice with Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies, 5th Edition. This easy-to-read edition covers all the major research design strategies: qualitative, quantitative, naturalistic, experimental-type, and mixed method. And with the text’s up-to-date research information and references, you will have a solid foundation from which to critique and understand research designs and their applications to healthcare and human service settings.

  • Case examples provide real-life snapshots of what it is like to participate in different types of research processes, identify research dilemmas relevant to chapter subjects, and alert you to problems you might encounter.
  • Authors make the topics more accessible, so research becomes more relevant - and topics come to life.
  • Covers experimental-type, naturalistic, and mixed method design strategies to improve your ability to compare, contrast, and integrate different methods.
  • Presents complex information clearly in a highly readable, and easy-to-understand, manner.
  • Includes detailed discussions of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, a unique and balanced focus that makes this text more comprehensive than others in its field.
  • NEW! Up-to-date research methods, strategies, and references, like digital sources, visual methods, and geographical analysis, give you the latest information on research in diverse areas of health and human services.
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"Providing a bridge between research and practice, this text for undergraduate and advanced students in the health and human services helps readers develop their clinical intuition to inform research, thinking, and action. Early chapters cover philosophical foundations and offer guidelines on reviewing the literature and formulating research questions. Design approaches are then described, covering both experimental-type designs and naturalistic inquiry designs, and practical actions are explained, such as setting the boundaries of a study, collecting info, and statistical analysis. Stories from the authors' own research practice demonstrate how to improve practice through inquiry. This fourth edition contains new material on ethics and informed consent documentation, and a new chapter on seeking financial support for research ideas, plus practical hints for getting started writing a research proposal. A student website offers background on statistics, web links, sample forms, and reference lists linked to PubMed abstracts. DePoy teaches interdisciplinary disabilities studies and social work at the University of Maine. Gitlin teaches occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University."

- Book News, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323028530
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/2/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Research as an important way of knowing 3
2 Essentials of research 13
3 Philosophical foundations 23
4 Framing the problem 34
5 Developing a knowledge base through review of the literature 41
6 Theory in research 54
7 Formulating research questions and queries 64
8 Language and thinking processes 76
9 Experimental-type designs 95
10 Naturalistic inquiry 111
11 Setting the boundaries of a study 127
12 Protecting the boundaries 133
13 Boundary setting in experimental-type designs 145
14 Boundary setting in naturalistic designs 157
15 Collecting information 167
16 Measurement in experimental-type research 174
17 Gathering information in naturalistic inquiry 191
18 Preparing and organizing data 210
19 Statistical analysis for experimental-type research 219
20 Analysis in naturalistic inquiry 241
21 Sharing research knowledge before the study 253
22 Sharing research knowledge during and after the study 265
23 Case study designs 277
24 Practice efficacy 284
25 Stories from the field 294
App Informed consent documents 299
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