Using humor and interesting examples that students can understand and relate to, authors Brett W. Pelham and Hart Blanton have written an informative and comprehensive research methods text that your students will really enjoy. This brief book includes hands-on activities that involve learning by doing, methodology exercises that encourage students to use their intuitions to understand research methods, and methodology problems that teach students to apply basic research principles to novel problems.
Pelham (State University of New York, Buffalo) and Blanton (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) use narrative descriptions, examples, anecdotes, graphs, and sometimes cartoons to illustrate basic research principles. They also provide exercises to reinforce important concepts and methodological points. Chapters cover the basis of knowledge, the process of discovery, validity and reliability, threats to validity, various types of research design, statistics, reporting, and methodological problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR