Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology

Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology

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Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology provides students with the only research methods textbook they will need from the start of their course through to the second and possibly even third year. It is a comprehensive introduction to research methods and data analysis. The book assumes no previous knowledge of research methods or psychology and provides an accessible, highly entertaining and jargon free way into this frequently difficult topic area. More than any other book, this text will help reduce student angst. The book provides coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods. This includes detail of the statistical analysis of data (by hand and using SPSS for Windows version 11.0) and the analysis of qualitative data with all the major approaches in use today.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 188 x 242 x 24mm | 821.02g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130978329
  • 9780130978325
  • 1,174,879

Table of contents

SECTION 1: INTRODUCING RESEARCH METHODS. 1. Research in the Social Sciences. 2. Variables - definitions and measurement. 3. Reliability, Validity, Sampling and Groups. 4. Collecting Data 1 - Interviews, observation, and questionnaires. 5. Collecting Data 2 - Experimental and quasi-experimental designs. SECTION 2: ANALYSING QUANTITATIVE DATA USING SPSS FOR WINDOWS. 6. Fundamentals of statistics. 7. Entering and manipulating data. 8. Graphical representation and descriptive statistics. 9. Bivariate analysis 1 - Exploring differences between variables. 10. Bivariate analysis 2 - Exploring relationships between variables. 11. Analysis of variance. 12. Regression. SECTION 3: ANALYSING QUALITATIVE DATA. 13. Fundamentals of qualitative analysis. 14. Transcription, coding and organising textual data. 15. Phenomenological Research Methods. 16. Grounded Theory. 17. Ethnography and Life-story research. 18. Discourse analysis. 19. The use of computers in qualitative research. SECTION 4: REPORTING FINDINGS. 20. Ethnics and politics of psychological research. 21. Reporting and presenting findings.
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