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Practical Research: Planning and Design, Global Edition eBook, 12th Edition

Paul Leedy
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Practical Research: Planning and Design, Global Edition eBook, 12th Edition

By Paul Leedy, Jeanne Ellis Ormrod
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Author
Paul Leedy
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Edition
12th
ISBN
9781292339283
Published Date
20/03/2020
For introductory Research Methods courses in any area of study.

An engaging, cross-disciplinary guide to research methodology Practical Research: Planning and Design is a do-it-yourself, how-to manual for planning and conducting research. Suitable for a wide variety of courses in basic research methodology, the book uses a conversational tone, step-by-step instructions, and practical suggestions to guide the reader from the selection of a problem to the preparation of a completed report.

The 12th Edition has been updated to include the latest technology-based strategies and online tools. Other key changes include a better balance between quantitative and qualitative methods and the addition of a new chapter on action research.

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Features
  • Practical Applications, Guidelines, and Checklists help readers enhance their research skills by translating abstract concepts and ideas into specific strategies and explicit criteria. (Chs. 2, 6, and 8-12 contain new or significantly revised features).
  • Conceptual Analysis exercises allow readers to practice applying chapter content in activities such as “Identifying Independent, Dependent, Mediating, and Moderating Variables” and “Identifying Mixed-Methods Research Designs” (Chs. 2, 6, and 8-12 contain new or significantly revised exercises).
  • Using Technology margin icons call out content that reflects the use of digital technologies for planning a research project, collecting and analysing data, and reporting and disseminating the findings.
  • Illustrative excerpts and end-of-chapter Dissertation Analysis features provide examples of annotated, student-written dissertations and theses, showing readers how their peers have successfully completed these papers (Chs. 3 and 5-12).
  • Action research is covered in an entirely new chapter to provide guidance on using this increasingly popular form of research (Ch. 10).
  • Tips for identifying a theoretical or conceptual framework for a research study are included in a new section. Readers learn to: 1) more effectively ground a study within current theoretical perspectives and research literature and/or 2) propose a new framework through which the results of their study may be meaningfully interpreted (Ch. 1).
  • Included at the end of each chapter, Application Exercises help readers implement their understanding of various tasks essential to conducting research, such as selecting a topic, doing a literature review, collecting and analysing research data, and writing up a proposal.
  • Expanded and updated discussions of qualitative and mixed-methods designs address the increasing popularity of these studies in many academic disciplines (Chs. 8, 9, and 12).
Table of contents
  • PART I: THE FUNDAMENTALS
  • 1. THE NATURE AND TOOLS OF RESEARCH
  • PART II: FOCUSING YOUR RESEARCH EFFORTS
  • 2. THE PROBLEM: THE HEART OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS
  • 3. REVIEW OF THE RELATED LITERATURE
  • 4. PLANNING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT
  • 5. WRITING THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL
  • PART III: RESEARCH DESIGNS
  • 6. DESCRIPTIVE RESEARCH
  • 7. EXPERIMENTAL, QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL, AND EX POST FACTO DESIGNS
  • 8. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
  • 9. MIXED-METHODS DESIGNS
  • 10. ACTION RESEARCH
  • PART IV: DATA ANALYSES
  • 11. ANALYZING QUANTITATIVE DATA
  • 12. ANALYZING QUALITATIVE AND MIXED-METHODS DATA
  • PART V: RESEARCH REPORTS
  • 13. PLANNING AND PREPARING A FINAL RESEARCH REPORT
  • APPENDICES
  • Appendix A: USING A SPREADSHEET: MICROSOFT EXCEL
  • Appendix B: USING SPSS
  • GLOSSARY