Research Methods in Applied Settings: An Integrated Approach to Design and Analysis

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Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000 - Social Science - 465 pages
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The authors of this unique text found that while most students can "crunch" the numbers quite easily and accurately with a calculator or computer, many have trouble seeing the "big picture" or seeing how research questions and design influence data analysis. As a result, the authors developed a semantically consistent framework that integrates traditional research approaches (experimental, quasi-experimental, comparative) into three basic kinds of research questions (difference, associational, and descriptive), which, in turn, lead to three kinds or groups of statistics with the same names.

This text:
*helps students become good consumers of research by demonstrating how to analyze and evaluate research articles;
*offers a number of summarizing diagrams and tables that clarify confusing or difficult to learn topics;
*points out the value of qualitative research and how it should lead quantitative researchers to be more flexible;
*divides all quantitative research questions into five logically consistent categories that help students select appropriate statistics and understand their cause and effect; and
*classifies design into three major types: between groups, within subjects, and mixed groups and shows that, although these three types use the same general type of statistics (e.g., ANOVA), the specific statistics in between-groups design are different from those in within-subjects and mixed groups.

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George A. Morgan is an Emeritus Professor of Education and Human Development at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in child development and psychology from Cornell University in 1965.
Nancy Leech is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She received her Ph.D. in education with an emphasis on research and statistics from Colorado State University in 2002.
Gene W. Gloeckner is an Associate Professor of Education at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in education from Ohio State University in 1983.
Karen C. Barrett is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Psychology at Colorado State University. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Denver in 1984.

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