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Evaluating Research
Methodology for People Who Need to Read Research

Second Edition


July 2017 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition offers readers a straightforward presentation of the key components of research and the skills they need to read and evaluate it. The book covers a range of research that students are most likely to encounter, from experimental to field research, and archival to evaluation research. The Second Edition features updated examples of research across disciplines, new and updated content on qualitative research and conceptual statistics, and a streamlined organization that better aligns with the order of information in a research article.



 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
1 | Introduction
Introduction

 
Goals of Research

 
Evaluation of Research

 
Initiating a Research Review

 
Finding Research

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
2 | The Scientific Approach
Introduction

 
A Philosophy of Science

 
Science and Nonscience Compared

 
Ethics of Consuming Research

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
3 | Reading a Research Report
Introduction

 
Research Report Organization

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
4 | Sampling
Introduction

 
Sampling Distributions

 
Probability Sampling

 
Nonprobability Sampling

 
Representative Samples

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
5 | Measurement
Introduction

 
Measurement Levels

 
Reliability

 
Validity

 
Epistemic Correlation

 
Scaling

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
6 | Experimental Research
Introduction

 
Causal Analysis in Experimental Research

 
Demonstration Versus Demography

 
Alternative Explanations for Research Results

 
Experimental Design

 
Demonstration Versus Demography Again

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
7 | Quasi-Experimental Research
Introduction

 
Time-Series Designs

 
Regression-Discontinuity Designs

 
Nonequivalent Groups Basic Pretest Designs

 
Self-Selection

 
Correlational Research

 
Meta-Analysis

 
Single-Participant Designs

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
8 | Qualitative Research
Introduction

 
Phenomenological Method

 
Ethnography

 
Grounded Theory

 
Historical Research

 
Case Study

 
Mixed Method Research

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
9 | Conceptual Overview of Statistical Analyses
Introduction

 
Types of Statistics

 
Single-Sample Statistics

 
Relational Statistics

 
Group Differences

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
10 | Archival Research
Introduction

 
Content Analysis

 
Methodological Issues in Content Analysis

 
Existing Data Analysis

 
Methodological Issues in Existing Data Analysis

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
11 | Survey Research
Introduction

 
Survey Content

 
Survey Instruments

 
Administering Surveys

 
Data Analyses in Survey Research

 
Summary

 
Exercises

 
 
Epilogue
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Author

Great resource for an upper level health care research course.

Professor Amy C Schultes
Accounting, Kirkwood Community College
September 6, 2017

Excellent guide for helping students understand the basic tenets of research.

Dr F. Jeannine Everhart
Health Sciences Dept, Jefferson Clg Of Hlth Sciences
August 28, 2017
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Over 100 new references and current examples bring the book up to date on the latest research across disciplines, now including health-related research in addition to social and behavioral science research.
  • Every chapter has been reworked to focus more closely on how to use research to engage in evidence-based practice.
  • Updated content includes a new chapter on qualitative research, a thoroughly revised chapter on conceptual statistics, and coverage of meta-analysis and systematic reviews.
  • More detailed discussion of examples helps students understand how to assess research critically.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Coverage of every facet of evaluating research from key terms and concepts to communicating the final results.
  • Robust pedagogy includes chapter overviews, summaries, key terms, and application exercises to reinforce concepts and allows readers to check their understanding of the material.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 6


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