Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

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Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology is specifically written for psychology students approaching research for the first time.  The key theoretical and conceptual issues are discussed in detail alongside the practicalities of doing research.

This accessible text covers quantitative and qualitative methods and the appropriate use of both are explained.

This book can be used on its own or in conjunction with ‘ Introduction to Statistics in Psychology’ and Introduction to SPSS 12 in Psychology’ by the same author team.

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Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology is the third volume in a trilogy. It covers quantitative and qualitative approaches, includes detailed treatment of professional issues such as ethics, and gives insights into detailed aspects of professional research awareness rarely discussed with students.

This is a detailed, practical and modern book that is excellent value for money. In its own right, it is a book many should seriously consider as a core text, but it is even more impressive when seen as the final volume of a trilogy.

John Hegarty, Head of Psychology, Keele University
Times Higher Education Supplement, 2nd December 2005

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Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

 

This text is accessible, practical and authoritative.  It meets the needs of students doing research at all levels for the first time.  The key theoretical and conceptual issues are discussed in detail alongside the practicalities of doing research.  There are major chapters on searching the literature, ethics, and developing ideas for research projects.  Quantitative and qualitative research are covered and the appropriate use of both explained.  It is a complete and attractive book written to help psychology students throughout their course.

 

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology can be used to alone or to complement the authors’ Introduction to Statistics in Psychology and Introduction to SPSS in Psychology also published by Prentice Hall.

 

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-         Meets the needs of all students, a book that is well organised, well written, comprehensive and relevant

-         Explains the purpose and benefits of all types of research design

-         Sets research in the context of the general study of psychology

-         Discusses at length neglected topics such as the literature search and the process of  originating ideas for research

-         Looks at writing research reports as a major aspect of planning and carrying out research

-         Includes expert guidance on both quantitative and qualitative research

 

Dennis Howitt and Duncan Cramer are both Readers in Psychology at Loughborough University

 

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