Research Methods in Psychology

Research Methods in Psychology

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Edited by Jonathan A. Smith, Edited by Glynis M. Breakwell, Edited by Daniel B. Wright

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 616 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 232mm x 26mm | 1,080g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857022644
  • ISBN 13: 9780857022646
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: colour tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 296,138

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Research Methods in Psychology has been substantially and meticulously revised in its Fourth Edition. Continuing to offer enviable coverage of the research methods that psychology students at intermediate levels need to muster, the textbook has now been broadened to cover the full suite of beginner level research methods too. It now has extensive coverage of psychological methods, both quantitative and qualitative. For this new edition, a new editorial arrangement has been put into place. Daniel B. Wright steps in to help steer the quantitative research methods section of the textbook and partners Jonathan A. Smith who remains as the lead Editor for qualitative research methods. Glynis M. Breakwell, as with all editions to-date, remains as overseeing Editor for the textbook. They have brought together a team of world leading educators in psychological methods to write accessible and engaging chapters that help students not only learn about the central methods for psychological investigation today, but to see the 'real world' value and importance of using methods well for very good research. As a result, all parties involved have shaped this new edition into a tour-de-force undergraduate textbook. Research Methods in Psychology Fourth Edition now includes: * significantly extended coverage of statistics, including chapters on descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, ANOVA, regression and correlation, and latent variable models * a new chapter on content analysis * a new chapter on writing up your research * concise and accessible introductory sections that place each method in context and show students how they relate to the bigger picture * a more intuitive structure that better reflects the content of methods course teaching * a substantially revised companion website * more visual material and an improved, more attractive layout

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Dame Glynis M. Breakwell has been a Professor of Psychology for over 20 years and is currently the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath. Her research focuses upon identity process theory and social representations, leadership in complex organisations, and the psychology of risk management, perception and communication. She has published more than 20 books, several of which are on research methods. She is an adviser to government and private sector companies on the use of psychological methods and theories. Jonathan A. Smith is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London, UK where he leads the interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) research group. He has written many articles applying IPA to a range of areas in health, clinical and social psychology. He is co- author (with Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin) of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method and Research (Sage, 2009). He also has a wider interest in qualitative psychology generally and has co-edited a number of books in the area. Daniel B Wright is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bristol

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I like the way that different authors have contributed to the textbook. I think it is presented coherently and benefits from having each chapter written by an expert in that field Dr James Smith-Spark Department of Psychology, London South Bank University This book provides an excellent introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and also includes informative overviews of the many analyses and statistical procedures that are typically taught at undergraduate level. The text manages to be both comprehensive and accessible, with useful exercises to challenge and test the reader's knowledge. This book is very enlightening for both students and tutors alike Dr Paul Richardson Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University Excellent coverage! Students prefer it because they only need the one book. Covers all they need really Dr Maria Kontogianni Nottingham Trent University, School of Education This 4th edition of Breakwell's Research Methods in Psychology is truly exceptional. Broad coverage of diverse methods with down-to-earth, jargon-free explanations that make clear not only the how but also the why of research methods. Students will come away with deeper appreciation of the thoroughness and value of scientific research in Psychology. One of the most accessible and comprehensive textbooks of its kind, this book is likely to engage the budding scientist in most students Dr Harry Reis Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical & Social Psychology, University of Rochester

Table of contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION Research Questions and Planning Research - Glynis M. Breakwell, Daniel B. Wright and Jonathan A. Smith PART TWO: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH: DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS Introduction to Quantitative Research - Chris Fife Schaw Experimental Method - Graham Hole Quasi-Experimental Design - Chris Fife-Schaw Surveys and Sampling - Patrick Sturgis Questionnaire Design - Chris Fife-Schaw Psychometrics - John Rust Descriptive Statistics - Marianna E. Carlucci and Daniel B. Wright Graphical and Numerical Methods Inferential Statistics - Marianna E. Carlucci and Daniel B. Wright Factorial ANOVA - Katherine McGuire and Kamala London Correlation and Regression - Jeremy Miles Exploratory Factor Analysis - Daniel B. Wright and Daniella K. Villalba PART THREE: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS Introduction to Qualitative Methods - Virginia Eatough Observational Methods - Rudi Dallos Interviewing - Glynis M. Breakwell Diary and Narrative Methods - Glynis M. Breakwell Focus Groups - Lynne Millward Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis - Jonathan A. Smith and Virginia Eatough Grounded Theory - Karen Henwood and Nick Pidgeon Discourse Analysis - Adrian Coyle Content Analysis - Glynis M. Breakwell PART FOUR: WRITING UP YOUR RESEARCH What if Victor Had Used the APA Manual to Write up His Research? - Daniel B. Wright, Jonathan A. Smith and Glynis M. Breakwell