Evaluating Scientific Research

Evaluating Scientific Research : Separating Fact from Fiction

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For junior/senior-level courses in Research Methods, in departments of behavioral and social sciences, nursing, law, and public policy.Acknowledging the profound role science plays in our lives, this text challenges basic assumptions and encourages readers to question all aspects of the research process. It uses non-technical vocabulary and a simple, straightforward style to explain the research process and cover six problem areas-limitations of science, preparing for research, measurement, research designs, data analysis, and philosophical issues. An emphasis on creative and critical thinking coupled with discussions of many controversial issues make this approach inspirational to students planning to conduct original research or anyone wishing to develop the ability to evaluate research. Discusses a number of issues associated with many types of research. The author explains how to identify improper methods in research and shows the student how to avoid those same mistakes.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 358.34g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130128457
  • 9780130128454

Table of contents

1. What Is Science? 2. Reading and Reviewing the Scientific Literature. 3. Conflicts of Interest and Bias. 4. Finding a Good Problem. 5. Selecting and Measuring Variables. 6. Choosing the Best Research Design. 7. Experimenting: Two Groups. 8. Variations on the Simple Experiment. 9. Comparing Existing Groups. 10. Correlational Strategies to Predict and Assess Relationships. 11. Case Studies. 12. Observing. 13. Surveying. 14. Other Types of Self-Report. 15. Using Existing Data. 16. Using Animals in Research. 17. Data Analysis. 18. Philosophical Challenges. References.show more

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