Research Methods: The Concise Knowledge Base

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From an expert in the research methods field, Research Methods: The Concise Knowledge Base was written specifically for undergraduates. Trochim streamlined and clarified explanations of fundamental, yet difficult, concepts in his familiar, engaging style. With this text, students will learn about the relationship between theory and practice, which will help them become better researchers and better consumers of research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592601455
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 270

Meet the Author

William Trochim, Ph.D., Cornell University
William M.K. Trochim is a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. He has taught both the undergraduate and graduate required courses in applied social research methods since joining the faculty at Cornell in 1980. He received his Ph.D. in 1980 from the program in Methodology and Evaluation Research of the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Trochim's research interests include the theory and practice of research, conceptualization methods (including concept mapping and pattern matching), strategic and operational planning methods, performance management and measurement, and change management. He is the developer of The Concept SystemĀ® and founder of Concept Systems Incorporated. He lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife Mary and daughter Nora.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Foundations 1-1The Language of Research 1-2The Rationale of Research 1-3Validity of Research 1-4Ethics in Research 1-5Conceptualizing
Chapter 2 - Sampling 2-1External Validity 2-2Sampling Terminology 2-3Statistical Terms in Sampling 2-4Probability Sampling 2-5Nonprobability Sampling
Chapter 3 - The Theory of Measurement 3-1Construct Validity 3-2Reliability 3-3Levels of Measurement
Chapter 4 - Survey Research 4-1Constructing the Survey 4-2Interviews 4-3Surveys
Chapter 5 - Scales and Indexes 5-1Indexes 5-2Scaling 5-3Indexes and Scales
Chapter 6 - Qualitative and Unobtrusive Measures 6-1Qualitative Measures 6-2Unobtrusive Measures
Chapter 7 - Design 7-1Internal Validity 7-2Introduction to Design 7-3Types of Designs
Chapter 8 - Experimental Design 8-1Introduction to Experimental Design 8-2Classifying Experimental Designs 8-3Factorial Designs 8-4Randomized Block Designs 8-5Covariance Designs 8-6Switching Replications Experimental Designs
Chapter 9 - Quasi-Experimental Design 9-1The Nonequivalent-Groups Design 9-2The Regression-Discontinuity Design 9-3Other Quasi-Experimental Designs
Chapter 10 - Designing Designs 10-1Designing Designs for Research
Chapter 11 - Analysis 11-1Conclusion Validity 11-2Data Preparation 11-3Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 12 - Analysis for Research Design 12-1Inferential Statistics 12-2The General Linear Model 12-3Experimental Analysis 12-4Quasi-Experimental Analysis
Chapter 13 - Write-Up 13-1Key Elements 13-2Formatting
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