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Overview

This comprehensive textbook introduces the key research methods employed in psychology and across the social sciences. Written in a lively, non-technical style, it covers both quantitative and qualitative methods.

The volume is organized into four sections: the first considers the relationship between psychological theory and research methodology from both practical and ethical viewpoints; Part Two explains how to collect data using the major types of research design and introduces their underlying philosophical principles; Part Three offers a guide to traditional techniques of data gathering in psychology and also features less common techniques such as diary methods, focus groups, ethnographic approaches and action resear

"...a nontechnical introduction to key research methods... explains how to gather, structure, and analyze data, as well as the logic of statistical testing and the relationships between methodology and statistics."

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A textbook introduction to key research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, used in psychology and other social sciences. Four sections address the relationship between theory and methodology, how to collect data using major types of research design, traditional and new techniques of data collection, and data analysis. This edition adds increased information on content analysis strategies, structure equation modeling, and qualitative data analysis. All chapters have been revised and updated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803977655
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Dame Glynis M. Breakwell has been a Professor of Psychology for over 20 years and is currently the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath. Her research focuses upon identity process theory and social representations, leadership in complex organisations, and the psychology of risk management, perception and communication.

She has published more than 20 books, several of which are on research methods. She is an adviser to government and private sector companies on the use of psychological methods and theories.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE
Introducing Research Methods in Psychology - Glynis M Breakwell
Research - Glynis M Breakwell
Theory and Method
Practical and Ethical Issues in Planning Research - Martyn Barrett
PART TWO
Levels of Measurement - Chris Fife-Schaw
The Experimental Method in Psychology - Alyson Davis
Single Case Experimental Designs - Sarah L Wilson
Quasi-Experimental Designs - Chris Fife-Schaw
Surveys and Sampling Issues - Chris Fife-Schaw
Facet Theory - Ian Donald
Defining Research Domains
PART THREE
Psychophysical Methods - David Rose
Psychophysiological Methods - Paul Barrett
Questionnaire Design - Chris Fife-Schaw
Using Psychometric Tests - Sean Hammond
Direct Observation - Jill Wilkinson
Interviewing - Glynis M Breakwell
Discourse Analysis - Adrian Coyle
Structuring Qualitative Data - Margaret Wilson
Multidimensional Scalogram Analysis
Focus Groups - Lynne Millward
Diary Techniques - Glynis M Breakwell and Peter Wood
Ethnographic and Action Research - David Uzzell
Historical Analysis in Psychological Research - Jonathan Chase
Using Computer Simulation To Define and Explore Theories in Psychology - Peter Simpson
PART FOUR
Bivariate Statistical Analysis - Chris Fife-Schaw
Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis - Sean Hammond
Meta-Analysis - Peter Wood

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