Using an informal approach, this is an introduction to a broad range of research methods; presumes no prior experience with statistics and emphasizes theoretical underpinnings and practical applications. Topics include the philosophy of science, the theory of measurement, a concise overview of statistical analysis, the effects of social science on individuals and society, how to go about writing a research report. Along with examples of actual research, each chapter ends with a summary, a CheckPoint and exercises that encourage students to think more deeply about issues just covered.
Text suitable for all introductory level research methods courses, and for graduate students who want a refresher, introduces a broad range of research methods used by behavioral scientists and provides an understanding of how quantitative research is conducted, analyzed, and used. Includes coverage of writing the research report. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)