Evaluating Scientific Research: Seperating Fact from Fiction

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For junior/senior-level courses in Research Methods, in departments of behavioral and social sciences, nursing, law, and public policy.

  • Acknowledging the profound role science plays in our lives, this text challenges basic assumptions and encourages readers to question all aspects of the research process. It uses non-technical vocabulary and a simple, straightforward style to explain the research process and cover six problem areas?limitations of science, preparing for research, measurement, research designs, data analysis, and philosophical issues. An emphasis on creative and critical thinking coupled with discussions of many controversial issues make this approach inspirational to students planning to conduct original research or anyone wishing to develop the ability to evaluate research.
  • Discusses a number of issues associated with many types of research. The author explains how to identify improper methods in research and shows the student how to avoid those same mistakes.

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