Quantitative research for the behavioral sciences
Using an informal approach, this is an introduction to a broad range of research methods; presumes no prior experience with statistics and emphasizes theoretical underpinnings and practical applications. Topics include the philosophy of science, the theory of measurement, a concise overview of statistical analysis, the effects of social science on individuals and society, how to go about writing a research report. Along with examples of actual research, each chapter ends with a summary, a CheckPoint and exercises that encourage students to think more deeply about issues just covered.
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Why Study Research Methods?
The Nature and Kinds of Research
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actual analysis answer applied asked before-after design behavioral research behavioral sciences behavioral scientists believe calculated causes Chapter conducted confounding variable consider construct control group correlation coefficient deception dependent described discussed effect equal interval measurement error ethical evaluation research exam example expected experimental research extraneous variables falsifiable falsificationism Figure frequency give happen human idea important independent variable inferential statistics informed consent instance interview involved level of measurement look mean ment nonprobability sampling observations operational definition ordinal parametric statistics participants particular person population possible predict probability problems Psychology quantitative research quasi-experiments questions randomly reason relationship reliable research report responsibility scatterplot scientific scores simple situation social social desirability bias someone specific statement statistical test subject variables survey systematic Table theory things tion treatment true experiment Type I error type of research validity writing