Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

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Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, second edition, provides clear, comprehensive and innovative coverage of quantitative and qualitative research methods for psychology students throughout their studies.

In this essential text for psychology students, the research process is broken down into manageable steps to equip students with the skills to ask intelligent research questions, carry out a literature review, choose an appropriate research design, carry out data collection and write up their findings. Throughout the book research examples are discussed which offer an insight into how research advances our understanding in areas such as forensic, social, educational, and abnormal psychology.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 191 x 244 x 24mm | 880g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 013205163X
  • 9780132051637
  • 595,092

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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