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Scientific Method for Ecological Research / Edition 1

Scientific Method for Ecological Research / Edition 1

by E. David Ford


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ISBN-13: 9780521669733
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/13/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 588
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Component processes of ecological research; Part I. Developing an Analytical Framework: 2. Five processes of research planning; 3. Conceptual and propositional analysis for defining research problems; 4. Development of a research plan; 5. How theories develop and how to use them; 6. The art of measurement and experiment; 7. Methods of reasoning in research; 8. Assessment of postulates; 9. Individual philosophies and their methods; Part II. Making a Synthesis for Scientific Inference: 10. Properties and domains of ecological concepts; 11. Strategies of scientific research in ecology; 12. Use of mathematical models for constructing explanations in ecology; Part III. Working in the Research Community: 14. Scientific research as a social process; 14. Values and standpoints and their influence on research; Part IV. Defining a Methodology for Ecological Research: 15. The methodology of progressive synthesis; 16. Criticisms and improvements for the scientific method in ecology; Appendix for instructors; Glossary; List of references; Author index; Subject index.

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This book is a detailed consideration of the conceptual approach to doing ecological research. The challenge to the researcher to identify the assumptions, postulates and data statements for the research project is the distinctive contribution of this text. It teases apart the idea of what a hypothesis is by separating the mental operations of the testing process. I use this text in a graduate course on experimental design in the environmental sciences. It challenges the reader with the level of detail and examples to illustrate the process.