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
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Keller received his Ph.D. in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Delaware. As a professor, he supervised the research for over 100 doctoral dissertations. As Chief Statistician for a $30 million nonprofit foundation, he was influential in establishing and implementing state and federal policies. He has explained research methodology, how it can be used, how it is often misused, and how to place it in its proper context throughout the United States and in places as far-reaching as Tibet. His informal presentation style facilitates a comfortable understanding of research in its appropriately restricted context. Dr. Keller 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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