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Research Methods in Psychology

Fourth Edition
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July 2012 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Research Methods in Psychology has been substantially and meticulously revised in its Fourth Edition. Continuing to offer enviable coverage of the research methods that psychology students at intermediate levels need to muster, the textbook has now been broadened to cover the full suite of beginner level research methods too. It now has extensive coverage of psychological methods, both quantitative and qualitative.

For this new edition, a new editorial arrangement has been put into place. Daniel B. Wright steps in to help steer the quantitative research methods section of the textbook and partners Jonathan A. Smith who remains as the lead Editor for qualitative research methods. Glynis M. Breakwell, as with all editions to-date, remains as overseeing Editor for the textbook. Together, they have brought together a team of world leading educators in psychological methods to write accessible and engaging chapters that help students not only learn about the central methods for psychological investigation today, but to see the 'real world' value and importance of using methods well for very good research. As a result, all parties involved have shaped this new edition into a tour-de-force undergraduate textbook.

Research Methods in Psychology, Fouth Edition now includes:

  • Significantly extended coverage of statistics, including chapters on descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, ANOVA, regression and correlation, and latent variable models
  • A new chapter on content analysis
  • A new chapter on writing up your research
  • Concise and accessible introductory sections that place each method in context and show students how they relate to the bigger picture
  • A more intuitive structure that better reflects the content of methods course teaching
  • A substantially revised companion website
  • More visual material and an improved, more attractive layout

This textbook will be perfect for beginner and intermediate level psychological research methods students worldwide.


 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Glynis M. Breakwell, Daniel B. Wright and Jonathan A. Smith
Research Questions and Planning Research
 
PART TWO: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH: DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Chris Fife Schaw
Introduction to Quantitative Research
Graham Hole
Experimental Method
Chris Fife-Schaw
Quasi-Experimental Design
Patrick Sturgis
Surveys and Sampling
Chris Fife-Schaw
Questionnaire Design
John Rust
Psychometrics
Marianna E. Carlucci and Daniel B. Wright
Descriptive Statistics
Graphical and Numerical Methods

 
Marianna E. Carlucci and Daniel B. Wright
Inferential Statistics
Katherine McGuire and Kamala London
Factorial ANOVA
Jeremy Miles
Correlation and Regression
Daniel B. Wright and Daniella K. Villalba
Exploratory Factor Analysis
 
PART THREE: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Virginia Eatough
Introduction to Qualitative Methods
Rudi Dallos
Observational Methods
Glynis M. Breakwell
Interviewing
Glynis M. Breakwell
Diary and Narrative Methods
Lynne Millward
Focus Groups
Jonathan A. Smith and Virginia Eatough
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Karen Henwood and Nick Pidgeon
Grounded Theory
Adrian Coyle
Discourse Analysis
Glynis M. Breakwell
Content Analysis
 
PART FOUR: WRITING UP YOUR RESEARCH
Daniel B. Wright, Jonathan A. Smith and Glynis M. Breakwell
What if Victor Had Used the APA Manual to Write up His Research?

A good book with useful additonal support for students studying research methods in Psychology

Dr Rebecca Monk
Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University
September 13, 2013

This textbook is well written and combines both quantitative and qualitative research. Hence, t is very popular with students because they feel that they only need to buy this core textbook .

Dr Angela Loulopoulou
Psychology , London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
September 5, 2013

One of a number of general texts, useful for beginners in Research Methods

Dr Julia Robertson
Deptartment of Psychology, Bucks New University
August 5, 2013

A comprehensive research methods book encompassing both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Particularly suitable for advanced undergraduate study.

Dr John Charlton
Dept of Psychology & Life Sciences, Bolton University
June 6, 2013

Excellent coverage of research methods. I always recommend it to our students!

Dr Maria Ioannou
School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
May 19, 2013

This is a very interesting book with good prospects of being used by students

Mr Alan Searle
Psychology , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
March 15, 2013

This provides a great overview for students new to research. It is well written and accessible.

Miss Wendy Symes
School of Education, University of Manchester
March 12, 2013

I use this as supplementary reading for my statistics courses

Dr Henriette Hogh
Psychology, Surrey University
January 22, 2013

No research psychologist should be without this book.

Dr Carol Greenway
Child & Family Department, Tavistock Centre
December 4, 2012

This is a good general introduction to the subject. Feedback from students indicated that a number of the chapters were useful starting points, particularly for students with little knowledge of psychological research.
There could be more links to statistical methods, e.g. pages 301-307 touch on SPPS procedures linked to methods, but this could be expanded on in a number of other chapters.

Dr Martin Campbell
School of Psychology, St Andrews University
November 29, 2012

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