Comprehensive, straightforward and clear, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 3rd edition is the essential student guide to understanding and undertaking quantitative and qualitative research in psychology.
Updated throughout to include new topics such as the latest developments in online support for conducting research and data management, this new edition continues to provide a thorough, accessible and up to date coverage of the field.
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"Howitt and Cramer’s Introduction to Research Methods (Third Edition) offers the clearest and most comprehensive coverage of research methods for first year psychology students on the market. Indeed, it is a priceless source of advice and information on research design for students throughout their undergraduate career, and even into postgraduate study." Ronnie Wilson, University of Ulster
Part 1 The basics of research
1) The role of research in psychology
2) Aims and hypotheses in research
3) Variables, concepts and measures
4) The problems of generalisation: Chance findings and sample size
5) Research reports: The total picture
6) Examples of how to write research reports
7) The literature search
8) Ethics in research
Part 2 Quantitative research methods
9) The basic laboratory experiment
10) Advanced experimental design
11) Cross sectional or correlational research: Non-manipulation studies
12) Longitudinal studies
13) Sampling and population surveys
Part 3 Fundamentals of testing and measurement
14) Psychological tests: Their use and construction
15) Reliability and validity: Evaluating the value of tests and measures
16) Coding data
Part 4 Qualitative research methods
17) Why qualitative research?
18) Qualitative data collection
19) Transcribing language data: The Jefferson system
20) Data analysis: Grounded theory
21) Thematic Analysis
22) Discourse Analysis
23) Conversation analysis
24) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
25) Evaluating qualitative research
Part 5 Research for projects, dissertations and theses
26) Developing ideas for research
· 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.
· Examples of published research coupled with advice about carrying out research and writing up reports develops practical as well as theoretical understanding.
· Updated to include the latest tools and developments in online research support including RefWorks, Web of Science and PsycINFO.
· User-friendly boxed features and illustrations across the book help to bring the subject to life.