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RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS: A CRITICAL THINKING APPROACH, 4e, successfully illustrates the integration between statistics and research methods by demonstrating the ways to use statistics in analyzing data collected during research. Jackson's combined text adopts an inviting narrative style that draws you into the material, helping you overcome the initial apprehension you may feel at having to learn both subject areas at once. She incorporates a student-friendly critical-thinking approach and presents examples and exercises to which you can relate. Jackson focuses on the logic of the process and the methodology aspect of research.
Sherri L. Jackson is professor of psychology at Jacksonville University (JU), where she has taught since 1988. At JU, she has won Excellence in Scholarship (2003), University Service (2004), and Teaching (2009) awards; the university-wide Professor of the Year Award in 2004; the Woman of the Year Award in 2005; and the Institutional Excellence Award in 2007. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive/experimental psychology from the University of Florida. Her research interests include human reasoning and the teaching of psychology, and she has published numerous articles in both areas. In 1997, she received a research grant from the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (APA Division 2) to develop A Compendium of Introductory Psychology Textbooks 1997-2000. She is also the author of RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS: A CRITICAL THINKING APPROACH, 4th Edition Wadsworth/Cengage, 2012) and RESEARCH METHODS: A MODULAR APPROACH, 3rd Edition (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2011).
Brief Contents 1. Thinking Like a Scientist. 2. Getting Started: Ideas, Resources, and Ethics. 3. Defining, Measuring, and Manipulating Variables. 4. Descriptive Methods. 5. Data Organization and Descriptive Statistics. 6. Correlational Methods and Statistics. 7. Probability and Hypothesis Testing. 8. Introduction to Inferential Statistics. 9. The Logic of Experimental Design. 10. Inferential Statistics: Two-Group Designs. 11. Experimental Designs with More Than Two Levels of an Independent Variable. 12. Complex Experimental Designs. 13. Quasi-Experimental and Single-Case Designs. 14. APA Communication Guidelines. 15. APA Sample Manuscript. Appendix A: Statistical Tables. Appendix B: Computational Formulas for ANOVAs. Appendix C: Answers to Odd-Numbered Chapter Exercises and All Review Exercises. Appendix D: Excel, SPSS, and TI84 Exercises. References. Glossary. Index.
The idea of combining methods and stats as Jackson is compelling
The idea of combining methods and stats as Jackson is compelling enough that I used the text in a year-long stats and methods course. Unfortunately, the text has an abundance of errors, some egregious ones, that makes me wonder how they got to the fourth edition. For example, the formula for Pearson's r on p. 162 is wrong. Answers given for end of chapter exercises are sometimes incorrect. The topic is challenging enough for social science students without imposing on them avoidable complications arising from poor editing. I contacted the publisher twice but only got a reply from my sales rep. No one on the editing staff followed through to correct the errors. I am looking for a new text.
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