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Overview

Written in uncommonly engaging and elegant prose, Practical Research: Planning and Design is a "do-it-yourself, understand-it-yourself” manual designed to help students in any discipline understand the fundamental structure of quality research and the methodical process that leads to valid and reliable results. The authors emphasize two things: 1) that quality research demands planning and design; and, 2) how research projects can be executed effectively and professionally.

This text guides the reader, step-by-step, from the selection of a problem, through the process of conducting authentic research, to the preparation of a completed report, with practical suggestions based on a solid theoretical framework and sound pedagogy. With broad coverage applicable to any discipline, Practical Research is valuable to students planning to conduct their own research projects as well as to anyone wanting to participate in thoughtful, methodical evaluation of published research reports.

NOTE: This is the standalone book, if you want the Book and Access Card order the ISBN below:

0132893614 / 9780132893619 Practical Research: Planning and Design Plus MyEducationLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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0132909561 / 9780132909563 NEW MyEducationLab with Pearson eText -- Standalone Access Card -- for Practical Research: Planning and Design

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Editorial Reviews

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"I wanted to thank you (and Dr. Leedy) for Practical Research!

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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: 9780132693240
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 50,156
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (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

PART I: THE FUNDAMENTALS
Chapter 1. The Nature and Tools of Research

PART II: FOCUSING YOUR RESEARCH EFFORTS
Chapter 2. The problem: the Heart of the Research Process
Chapter 3. Review of the Related Literature
Chapter 4. Planning Your Research Project
Chapter 5. Writing the Research Proposal

PART III: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
Chapter 6. Qualitative Research
Chapter 7. Historical Research

PART IV: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
Chapter 8. Descriptive Research
Chapter 9. Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Ex Post Facto Designs
Chapter 10. Mixed-Methods Research
Chapter 11. Strategies for Analyzing Quantitative Data

PART V: PREPARING THE RESEARCH REPORT
Chapter 12. Technical Details: Style, Format, and Organization of the Research Report

APPENDICES
Appendix A. Using a Spreadsheet: Microsoft Excel
Appendix B. Using SPSS

REFERENCES

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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.
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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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