Research methods in psychology /

Other Authors: Breakwell, Glynis M., Hammond, Sean., Fife-Schaw, Chris.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : 1995.
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All authors of this volume are affiliated with the psychology department at the University of Surrey, England. That circumstance probably facilitated the consistent presentation across chapters, which are successfully written for undergraduates and as a resource for graduate students. The volume is a reader-friendly presentation of ways to address a "series of changes." It is not about research design in the sense of presenting methods for setting up and carrying out statistical analyses. Philosophy of science issues are not addressed in depth; an empiricist framework is assumed. The volume is unique for its broad coverage of diverse methods, including some qualitative approaches. Introductory chapters are followed by ones that address levels of measurement, experimental methods, single case experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs, surveys, facet theory (defining research domains), psychophysical and psychophysiological methods, questionnaire design, psychometric tests, direct observation, interviewing, discourse analysis, multidimensional scalogram analysis, focus groups, diary techniques, ethnographic and action research, historical analysis, computer simulation, bivariate statistical analysis, multivariate data analysis, and meta-analysis. Useful for undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences, education, and nursing as well as psychology. C. T. Fischer; Duquesne University

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