Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2007 - Education - 334 pages
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This concise text discusses a wide range of quantitative research methods, including advanced techniques such as logic regression, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling. Because the text emphasizes concepts rather than mathematics and computational formulas, it is accessible to a wide range of research users, Professional practitioners in areas such as education, business, social work, and psychology gain an understanding of research methods, enabling them to interpret advanced research in their fields.

Features:
-Accessibility to readers of any level, including those with no mathematics beyond elementary arithmetic and a limited background in research methods and statistics, as text discusses advanced methods with ease.
-Three part organization-The Basics, Advanced Methods, and Specialized Applications-provides instructors the flexibility to choose among advanced techniques and specialized applications.
-Real data is used to illustrate and compare the uses of analytic techniques. Students are provided with the data sets so they can use a statistical package to try out the techniques on their own.
-Integrated discussions of design and measurement as well as analysis provide students with a complete picture of the entire research process.
-Helpful and thoughtful discussion questions help instructors and students probe subjects more deeply and apply the chapters' concepts to topics of particular interest to them. -An informative self-test comprised of multiple-choice and true-false questions concludes each chapter.
-An online Instructor's Manual contains discussion of self-test questions and their answers, as well as hundreds of additional field-tested test questions that instructors may use for their examinations.

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Contents

Standard Deviation and Correlation
19
How Can Correlations and Their Statistical Significance Be Interpreted?
27
Variables and the Relations among Them
40
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

W. Paul Vogt is Professor Emeritus of Research Methods and Evaluation at Illinois State University where he has won both teaching and research awards. He is the editor of Selecting Research Methods (2008) also in this series. His other books include: Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology (3rd edition, SAGE, 2005); Tolerance & Education: Learning to Live with Diversity and Difference (SAGE, 1997); Education Programs for Improving Intergroup Relations (co-edited with Walter Stephan, Teachers College Press, 2004) and Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals (Allyn & Bacon, 2006).

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