Introduction to Research Methods

Introduction to Research Methods

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Comprehensive, straightforward and clear, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 3rd edition is the essential student guide to understanding and undertaking quantitative and qualitative research in psychology.

Updated throughout to include new topics such as the latest developments in online support for conducting research and data management, this new edition continues to provide a thorough, accessible and up to date coverage of the field.

The book is supported by a companion website featuring a range of resources to help students check and further their understanding of the subject. Visit to find out more.

"Howitt and Cramer's Introduction to Research Methods (Third Edition) offers the clearest and most comprehensive coverage of research methods for first year psychology students on the market. Indeed, it is a priceless source of advice and information on research design for students throughout their undergraduate career, and even into postgraduate study." Ronnie Wilson, University of Ulster
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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 195 x 264 x 25mm | 1,020g
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0273726072
  • 9780273726074
  • 289,049

Table of contents



Part 1 The basics of research

1) The role of research in psychology

2) Aims and hypotheses in research

3) Variables, concepts and measures

4) The problems of generalisation: Chance findings and sample size

5) Research reports: The total picture

6) Examples of how to write research reports

7) The literature search

8) Ethics in research

Part 2 Quantitative research methods

9) The basic laboratory experiment

10) Advanced experimental design

11) Cross sectional or correlational research: Non-manipulation studies

12) Longitudinal studies

13) Sampling and population surveys

Part 3 Fundamentals of testing and measurement

14) Psychological tests: Their use and construction

15) Reliability and validity: Evaluating the value of tests and measures

16) Coding data

Part 4 Qualitative research methods

17) Why qualitative research?

18) Qualitative data collection

19) Transcribing language data: The Jefferson system

20) Data analysis: Grounded theory

21) Thematic Analysis

22) Discourse Analysis

23) Conversation analysis

24) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

25) Evaluating qualitative research

Part 5 Research for projects, dissertations and theses

26) Developing ideas for research


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