Practical Research: Planning and Design / Edition 8

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Features of the seventh edition:

  • Guidelines, Checklists, Computer Prompts, and excerpts from actual research projects guide the reader through all phases of the research process.
  • Many new topics have been added, including: On-line research, evaluating literature, identifying appropriate measurement instruments, criteria for evaluating qualitative research, cross-sectional studies, and observation studies.
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"I wanted to thank you (and Dr. Leedy) for Practical Research!

Home Run!
Woo Hoo!

You have produced the BEST text ever on practical research AND writing a dissertation.

Not only will your work help graduate students understand and navigate the research process, it will also streamline the entire dissertation journey and ease the load for my committee members."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131108950
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/26/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 582,536
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul D. Leedy is late of the American University.

Jeanne Ellis Ormrod holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. For more than twenty years she was a faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado, where she taught courses in learning and cognition, educational psychology, measurement, and research methods; she is currently Professor Emerita of Psychological Sciences at UNC. Dr. Ormrod has published numerous research articles but is probably best known for this textbook and several other Pearson books: Human Learning (6th ed., 2012); Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (7th ed., 2011); Essentials of Educational Psychology (3rd ed., 2012); Our Minds, Our Memories: Enhancing Thinking and Learning at All Ages (2011); and Child Development and Education (with Teresa McDevitt; 5th ed. in press).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What is Research? 3
Ch. 2 Tools of Research 14
Ch. 3 The Problem: The Heart of the Research Process 49
Ch. 4 The Review of the Related Literature 70
Ch. 5 Planning Your Research Design 91
Ch. 6 Writing the Research Proposal 122
Ch. 7 Qualitative Research 147
Ch. 8 Historical Research 172
Ch. 9 Descriptive Research 187
Ch. 10 Experimental and Causal-Comparative Designs 229
Ch. 11 Statistical Techniques for Analyzing Quantitative Data 252
Ch. 12 Technical Details: Style, Format, and Organization of the Research Report 285
References 307
Index 311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    eText is Aweful

    I don't know why they can't make this book work on ereaders! Nook Study is totally worthless and difficult to use. The navigation is awful. Don't waste your money on the eTextbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Excellent Research Text

    Practical Research (Leedy & Ormrod) is an exceptionally well-written introduction to research methods. It is written very clearly, provides a series of examples, and highlights good practices for beginning researchers.
    Doctoral Student

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    Great research process description

    This book provides practical advice for creating a research project. It provides step by step instructions and useful suggestions for conducting research.

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