How do I create a good research hypothesis? How do I know when my literature review is finished? What is the difference between a sample and a population? What is power and why is it important?
In an increasingly data-driven world, it is more important than ever for students as well as professionals to better understand the process of research. This invaluable guide answers the essential questions that students ask about research methods in a concise and accessible way.
About the Author
Neil J. Salkind received his Ph D from the University of Maryland in Human Development, and taught for 35 years at the University of Kansas in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education. His early interests were in the area of children’s cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction and the focus was on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations; and wrote more than 100 trade and textbooks; and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (Sage), Theories of Human Development (Sage), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Understanding the Research Process and Getting StartedPart 2. Reviewing and Writing About Your Research QuestionPart 3. Introductory Ideas About EthicsPart 4. Research Methods: Knowing the Language, Knowing the IdeasPart 5. Sampling Ideas and IssuesPart 6. Describing Data Using Descriptive TechniquesPart 7. All About Testing and MeasuringPart 8. Understanding Different Research MethodsPart 9. All About Inference and Significance