Research Methods in Psychology

Series
Pearson
Author
Dennis Howitt / Duncan Cramer  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
6
Language
English
Total pages
592
Announced
January 2020
ISBN13
9781292276700
ISBN
1292276703
Related Titles



Description

Comprehensive, clear, and practical, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, sixth edition is the essential student guide to understanding and undertaking quantitative and qualitative research in psychology. Revised throughout, this new edition includes a new chapter on ‘Managing your research project’. This is the ideal guide for students just beginning and those moving on to more advanced research methods projects in psychology.

Features

User-friendly boxed features and illustrations across the book help to bring the subject to life.  These include:

  • ‘Research Examples’ at the end of every chapter put research methods in a real-world context.
  • ‘Key ideas’ are highlighted to help students grasp and revise the main topics and concepts.
  • ‘Talking Points’ address some of the controversial issues to critically engage students with the debates in the field.
  • ‘Practical advice’ boxes give handy hints and tips on how to carry out research in practice
  • Examples of published research with 'how to' advice and guidance on writing up reports, helps students to develop a practical, as well as theoretical, understanding.

 

New to this Edition

  • New chapter ‘Managing your research project’ provides practical suggestions to help students successfully manage the intellectual, organizational, emotional, and social demands of their research projects.
  • New sections on multi-method research and the analysis of the big data generated by the digital media. 

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Acknowledgements

 

Part 1 Basics of research

1 Role of research in psychology

2 Aims and hypotheses in research

3 Variables, concepts and measures

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

and sample size

5 Research reports: The total picture

6 Improving your quantitative write-up

7 Literature search

8 Ethics and data management in research

 

Part 2 Quantitative research methods

9 Basic laboratory experiments

10 Advanced experimental designs

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

12 Longitudinal studies

13 Sampling and population surveys

14 Data analysis issues and scientific progress

 

Part 3 Fundamentals of testing and measurement

15 Psychological tests: Their use and construction

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

17 Coding data

 

Part 4 Qualitative research methods

18 Why qualitative research?

19 Qualitative data collection

20 Transcribing language data: Jefferson system

21 Thematic analysis

22 Grounded theory

23 Discourse analysis

24 Conversation analysis

25 Interpretative phenomenological analysis

26 Evaluating qualitative research

27 Improving your qualitative write-up

 

Part 5 Research for projects, dissertations and theses

28 Developing ideas for research

29 Managing your research project

 

Glossary

References

Index

 

Back Cover

Comprehensive, clear and practical, Research Methods in Psychology, sixth edition is the essential

student guide to understanding and undertaking quantitative and qualitative research in psychology.

Revised throughout, this new edition includes a new chapter on ‘Managing your research project’. This

is the ideal guide for students just beginning and those moving on to more advanced research methods

projects in psychology.

 

New to this Edition

New chapter ‘Managing your research project’ provides practical suggestions to help students

successfully manage the intellectual, organizational, emotional, and social demands of their research

projects.

New sections on multi-method research and the analysis of the big data generated by the digital

media.

 

Key features

User-friendly boxed features and illustrations throughout the book help to bring the subject to life.

‘Research Examples’at the end of every chapter present research methods in a real-world context.

‘Key ideas’ are highlighted to help students grasp and revise the main topics and concepts.

‘Talking Points’ address some of the controversial issues to critically engage students with the

debates in the fi eld.

‘Practical advice’ boxes give handy hints and tips on how to carry out research in practice.

‘Examples of published research’ with ‘how to’ advice and guidance on writing up reports, help

students to develop a practical, as well as theoretical, understanding.

 

Author biography

Dennis Howitt
and Duncan Cramer are with Loughborough University.

Author

Dennis Howitt and Duncan Cramer are with Loughborough University.