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Research Methods in Psychology / Edition 3
     

Research Methods in Psychology / Edition 3

by Jonathan A Smith, Chris Fife-Schaw, Sean Martin Hammond, Glynis Breakwell
 

ISBN-10: 1412911281

ISBN-13: 9781412911283

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Research Methods in Psychology, Second Edition is an expanded and updated new edition of a bestselling textbook. It presents a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, employed in psychology and across the social sciences. Four new chapters are presented (Research with Special Groups, Cross-Cultural

Overview

Research Methods in Psychology, Second Edition is an expanded and updated new edition of a bestselling textbook. It presents a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, employed in psychology and across the social sciences. Four new chapters are presented (Research with Special Groups, Cross-Cultural Research, Content Analysis, and Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling) and all other chapters have been thoroughly revised and brought up-to-date. The book has four parts: in the first the relationship between psychological theory and research methodology, from both a practical and ethical viewpoint is considered; the second explains how to collect data using the major types of research design, and at the same time introduces the philosophical principles underlying them; in Part Three an invaluable guide to the traditional techniques of data gathering in psychology, as well as featuring less common techniques is offered; and finally the fourth part covers the issue of data analysis, clearly explaining the logic of statistical testing and the relationships between methodology and statistics, avoiding over-complicated formulae and focusing upon what can legitimately be inferred from commonly used psychological statistics.

The book is illustrated throughout with examples from current research and combines step-by-step advice, exercises and lists of further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412911283
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE

Introducing Research Methods in Psychology

Research

Practical and Ethical Issues in Planning Research

PART TWO

The Experimental Method in Psychology

Single-Case Experimental Designs

Quasi-Experimental Designs

Surveys and Sampling Issues

Facet Theory

Research with Special Groups

PART THREE

Levels of Measurement

Questionnaire Design

Using Psychometric Tests

Psychophysical Methods

Psychophysiological Methods

Direct Observation

Interviewing

Discourse Analysis

Qualitative Data Analysis

Structuring Qualitative Data Using a Scaling Procedure

Diary Techniques

Focus Groups

PART FOUR

Ethnographic and Action Research

Using the Computer to Define and Explore Theories in Psychology

Bivariate Statistical Analyses

Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis

Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling

Meta-Analysis

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