Tao of Research: A Path to Validity

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Overview

Dana K. Keller and Mary Lou Casadevall-Keller provide readers with a highly accessible introduction to the fundamental concepts of research methods in The Tao of Research: A Path to Validity. This brief, engaging book approaches the topic of research through an exploration of the issues that threaten validity in the process of knowledge generation.

Key Features

  • Examines the propositional, ethical, structural, functional, and technical restrictions researchers face
  • Focuses on understanding how these restrictions influence research methods and results
  • Makes concepts more accessible through discussions that follow the experiences of three “guides”—a high school principal, a statewide director of public health, and a sociology professor at a small liberal arts college.

The Tao of Research: A Path to Validity serves as either a main or supplemental text for courses such as Introduction to Research Methods, Social Research Methods, and Applied Research Methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412964685
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/29/2009
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 147
  • Sales rank: 1,265,567
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana K. Keller, PhD, has explored Taoism and other Eastern philosophies for more almost five decades, with journeying to and teaching in China and Tibet as parts of that exploration. He embraces two very different worlds, the West with its scientific approach to knowledge and the East with its more balanced approach to experiencing life. In The Tao of Statistics, he presents a way that the two worlds can coexist harmoniously and benefit from each other. His PhD is in measurement, statistics, and program evaluation. After supervising the research component for more than 100 doctoral dissertations and serving as a charter member of Delaware’s Panel of Evaluation Experts, he joined the Delmarva Foundation as its chief statistician. During his 7 years serving in that capacity, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services named him as a recommended national resource for the nation’s managed care organizations for resolving complex sampling and research issues. His almost unique ability to explain statistical and methodological constructs in everyday language has resulted in his being requested frequently as a presenter and technical expert panel member in the public health community. Now president of Halcyon Research, Inc., he continues to bring his ability to explain statistical concepts simply to an ever-widening audience. He can be reached at dana@halcyonresearch.com.

Mary Lou Casadevall-Keller received her M.S. in microbiology from the University of Delaware, as well as a B.A. in sociology and a B.S. in plant science. She embarked on a long career in corporate research, producing dozens of comprehensive market and product research reports, as well as a patent for a waterproof orthopedic cast liner. After corporate life, she worked to secure and monitor grants for community colleges and non-profit organizations. She and her husband, Dr. Dana Keller, are currently co-owners of a healthcare research consulting firm, Halcyon Research, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. The Proposition's Restrictions
Chapter 2. Ethical Restrictions
Chapter 3. Structural (Methodological) Restrictions
Chapter 4. Functional Restrictions
Chapter 5. Technical Restrictions
Chapter 6. Epilogue
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