Research Methods in Psychology

Research Methods in Psychology

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

In this popular 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.

Revised throughout, this new edition includes a new chapter on 'Data Analysis Issues and Scientific Progress' which explores complexities in research, discussing issues such as questionable research practices and replication studies. A further new chapter, 'Improving a Qualitative Write Up' provides advice and guidance on how to write-up a qualitative study with a detailed illustrative example of this.

This is the ideal guide for students just beginning and those moving on to more advanced research methods projects in psychology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 196 x 266 x 31mm | 1,210g
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 5th New edition
  • 1292134275
  • 9781292134277
  • 266,367

Table of contents

Contents vii

Guided tour xvii

Introduction xix

Acknowledgements xxi

Part 1 Basics of research 1

1 Role of research in psychology 3

2 Aims and hypotheses in research 27

3 Variables, concepts and measures 45

4 Problems of generalisation and decision-making in research: Chance findings

and sample size 63

5 Research reports: The total picture 85

6 Improving a quantitative write-up 115

7 Literature search 136

8 Ethics and data management in research 162

Part 2 Quantitative research methods 183

9 Basic laboratory experiments 185

10 Advanced experimental designs 213

11 Cross-sectional or correlational research: Non-manipulation studies 234

12 Longitudinal studies 250

13 Sampling and population surveys 265

14 Data analysis issues and scientific progress 283

Part 3 Fundamentals of testing and measurement 307

15 Psychological tests: Their use and construction 309

16 Reliability and validity: Evaluating the value of tests and measures 329

17 Coding data 346

Part 4 Qualitative research methods 359

18 Why qualitative research? 361

19 Qualitative data collection 374

20 Transcribing language data: Jefferson system 387

21 Thematic analysis 396

22 Grounded theory 411

23 Discourse analysis 428

24 Conversation analysis 441

25 Interpretative phenomenological analysis 453

26 Evaluating qualitative research 471

27 Improving a qualitative write-up 482

Part 5 Research for projects, dissertations and theses 501

28 Developing ideas for research 503

Glossary 523

References 530

Index 541
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About Dennis Howitt

Dennis Howitt and Duncan Cramer are with Loughborough University.
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