In terms of presentation, this book could be more comprehensive. Each chapter does start with a set of learning objectives and ends with "takeaways" and a short set of exercises. However, it lacks detailed chapter outlines, summaries, and glossaries. Furthermore, an index does not accompany the text. I found the book to be accurate with content being fairly presented. There was no underlying bias throughout the book.
This is an introductory text for research methods. The basics of research methods have been consistent for some time. The examples used in the text fit the concepts well. Therefore, it should not be quickly dated. It is organized in such a way that sections could be easily modified with more current examples as needed. The text is easy to read.
It is succinct yet engaging. Examples are clear and terminology is adequately defined. New terms and concepts are dealt with chapter by chapter. However, those things which go across chapters are consistently presented. The material for each chapter is presented in subsections with each subsection being tied to a particular learning objective. It is possible to use the book by subsection instead of by chapter. In fact, I did that during class by discussing the majority of one chapter, discussing another chapter, and then covering what I previously skipped,.
In general, the book follows a "traditional" organization, matching the organization of many competing books. As mentioned in regard to modularity, I did not follow the organization of the book exactly as it was laid out. This may not necessarily reflect poorly on the book, however, since I have never followed the order of any research methods book.
My three exams covered chapter 1 through 4, chapters 5, 6, part of 8, and chapters 7, the remainder of 8, 9, and Once we collected data I covered chapters 11 through The text and images are clear and distortion free. The text is available in several formats including epub, pdf, mobi, odt, and wxr. Unfortunately, the electronic format is not taken full advantage of. The text could be more interactive. As it is, it is just text and images.
Therefore, the interface could be improved. I did not find anything in the book that was culturally insensitive or offensive.
However, more examples of cross-cultural research could be included. I was, honestly, surprised by how much I liked the text. The material was presented in easy to follow format that is consistent with how I think about research methods.
That made the text extremely easy to use. Students also thought the book was highly accessible Each chapter was relatively short but informative and easy to read. The book covers all areas related to research methods, not only for the field of psychology, but also to other related fields like exercise science.
Topics include ethics, developing a research questions, experimental designs, non-experimental Topics include ethics, developing a research questions, experimental designs, non-experimental designs, and basic statistics, making this book a great resource for undergraduate research methods classes.
The topic of research methods in general is not expected to change quickly. It is not expected that this text will become obsolete in the near future. Furthermore, for both the field of psychology as well as other related fields, the examples will continue to have an application to explain certain concepts and will not be outdated soon, even with new research emerging every day.
The text is written so an undergraduate student should be able to understand the concepts. The examples provided in the text greatly contribute to the understanding of the topics and the proposed exercises at the end of each chapter will further apply the knowledge.
Layout of the text is clear, with multiple subsection within each chapter. Each chapter can easily be split into multiple subsection to assign to students. No evidence of self-refers was observed, and individual chapters could be assigned to students without needed to read all preceding chapters.
For example, Chapter 4 may not be particularly useful to students outside of psychology, but an instructor can easily reorganize the text and skip this chapter while students can still understand following chapters. Topics are addressed in a logical manner. Overall, an introduction to research is provided first including ethics to research , which is followed by different types of research, and concludes with types of analysis.
I believe that this book is a great resource and, as mentioned previously, can be used for a wider audience than just psychology as the basics of research methods can be applied to various fields, including exercise science. The content of the Research Methods in Psychology textbook was very thorough and covered what I would consider to be the important concepts and issues pertaining to research methods.
I would judge that the textbook has a comparable coverage of I would judge that the textbook has a comparable coverage of information to other textbooks I have reviewed, including the current textbook I am using. The range of scholarly sources included in the textbook was good, with an appropriate balance between older and classic research examples and newer more cutting edge research information. Overall, the textbook provides substantive coverage of the science of conducting research in the field of psychology, supported by good examples, and thoughtful questions.
The textbook adopts a coherent and student-friendly format, and offers a precise introduction to psychological research methodology that includes consideration of a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods to help students identify and evaluate the best approach for their research needs. The textbook offers a detailed review of the way that psychological researchers approach their craft. The author guides the reader through all aspects of the research process including formulating objectives, choosing research methods, securing research participants, as well as advice on how to effectively collect, analyze and interpret data and disseminate those findings to others through a variety of presentation and publication venues.
The textbook offers relevant supplemental information in textboxes that is highly relevant to the material in the accompanying text and should prove helpful to learners. Likewise the graphics and figures that are included are highly relevant and clearly linked to the material presented in the text. The information covered by the textbook reflects an accurate summary of current techniques and methods used in research in the field of psychology. The presentation of information addresses the pros and cons of different research strategies in an objective and evenhanded way.
The range of scholarly sources included in the textbook was good, with an appropriate balance between older, classic research evidence and newer, cutting edge research. Overall, the textbook provides substantive coverage of the science on most topics in research methods of psychology, supported by good case studies, and thoughtful questions.
The book is generally up to date, with adequate coverage of basic data collection methods and statistical techniques. Likewise the review of APA style guidelines is reflects the current manual and I like the way the author summarizes changes from the older version of the APA manual.
The organization of the textbook does appear to lend itself to editing and adding new information with updates in the future. I found the textbook chapters to be well written, in a straightforward yet conversational manner. It gives the reader an impression of being taught by a knowledgeable yet approachable expert. The writing style gives the learner a feeling of being guided through the lessons and supported in a very conversational approach.
The experience of reading the textbook is less like being taught and more like a colleague sharing information. Furthermore, the style keeps the reader engaged but doesn't detract from its educational purpose. I also appreciate that the writing is appropriately concise. No explanations are so wordy as to overwhelm or lull the reader to sleep, but at the same time the information is not so vague that the reader can't understand the point at all.
The book achieves this objective by introducing its readers, step-by-step, to psychological research design, while maintaining an excellent balance between substance and attention grabbing examples that is uncommon in other research methods textbooks. Its accessible language and easy-to-follow structure and examples lend themselves to encouraging readers to move away from the mere memorization of facts, formulas and techniques towards a more critical evaluation of their own ideas and work — both inside and outside the classroom.
The content of the chapters have a very good flow that help the reader to connect information in a progressive manner as they proceed through the textbook. Each chapter goes into adequate depth in reviewing both past and current research related to the topic that it covers for an undergraduate textbook on research methods in psychology.
The information within each chapter flows well from point-to-point, so that the reader comes away feeling like there is a progression in the information presented. The only limitation that I see is that I felt the author could do a little more to let the reader know how information is connected from chapter to chapter. In my opinion the chapters are arranged in easily digestible units that are manageable in minute reading sessions. In fact, the author designed the chapters of the textbook in a way to make it easy to chunk information, and start and stop to easily pick up where one leaves off from one reading session to another.
I also found the flow of information to be appropriate, with chapters containing just the right amount of detail for use in my introductory course in research methods in psychology.
The book is organized into thirteen chapters. The order of the chapters offers a logical progression from a broad overview of information about the principles and theory behind research in psychology, to more specific issues concerning the techniques and mechanics of conducting research. Each chapter ends with a summary of key takeaways from the chapter and exercises that do more than ask for content regurgitation. I find the organization of the textbook to be effective, and matches my approach to the course very well.
I would not make any changes to the overall format with the exception of moving chapter 11 on presenting research to the end of the textbook, after the chapters on statistical analysis and interpretation. I found the quality of the appearance of the textbook to be very good. There are learning objectives at the start of each chapter to help students know what to expect. Key terms are highlighted in a separate color that are easily distinguishable in the body of the page.
There are very useful visuals in every chapter, including tables, figures, and graphs. Relevant supplemental information is also highlighted in well formatted text boxes that are color coded to indicate what type of information is included. My only criticism is that the photographs included in the text are of low quality, and there are so few in the textbook that I feel it would have been better to just leave them out. I found no grammatical errors in my review of the textbook.
The textbook is generally well written, and the style of writing is at a level that is appropriate for an undergraduate class. Although the textbook contains no instances of presenting information that is cultural insensitive or offensive, it does not offer an culturally inclusive review of information pertaining to research methods in psychology.
I found no inclusion of examples of research conducting with non European American samples included in the summary of studies. Likewise the authors do place much attention on the issue of cultural sensitivity when conducing research. If there is one major weakness of the textbook I would say it is in this area, but based on my experience it is not an uncommon characteristic of textbooks on research methods in psychology.
Short and sweet in most areas. Covers the basic concepts, not very comprehensively but definitely adequately so for a general beginning-level research methods course. For instance, I would liked to have seen a "separate" chapter on correlational For instance, I would liked to have seen a "separate" chapter on correlational research there is one on single subject research and one on survey research , a discussion of the importance of providing a theoretical rationale for "getting an idea" most students are fine with finding interesting and feasible project ideas but cannot give a theoretical rationale before or after Chapter 4 on Theory, or a chapter on neuroscientific methods, which are becoming more and more popular.
Nevertheless, it touches on most traditional areas that are in other books. This is one area where there is not much danger of going obsolete any time soon. The examples might need to be updated periodically my students tend to not like dated materials, however relevant , but that should be easy.
Very clear and accessible prose. Despite the brevity, the concepts are put forth quite clearly. I like the "not much fluff" mentality. There is also adequate explanations of jargon and technical terminology. I could not find any inconsistencies. The style and exposition frameworks are also quite consistent. Yes, the modularity is fine. The chapters follow a logical pattern, so there should not be too much of a need for jumping around.
And even if jumping around is needed depending on teaching style, the sections are solid in terms of being able to stand alone or as an accompaniment to lectures. Yes, the contents is ordered logically and the high modularity helps with any reorganization that an instructor may favor. In my case, for instance, Ch. I would also discuss non-experimental methods before going into experimental design. But such changes are easy to do, and if someone followed the book's own organization, there would also be a logical flow.
As far as I could see, the text is free of significant interface issues, at least in the pdf version. I loved the short and sweet learning objectives, key takeaway sections, and the exercises. They are not overwhelming and can be used in class discussions, too. Although this textbook does provide good information regarding introductory concepts necessary for the understanding of correlational designs, and is presented in a logical order. It does not, however, cover qualitative methodologies, or research It does not, however, cover qualitative methodologies, or research ethics as it relates to other countries outside of the US.
Since this textbook covers a topic that is unlikely to change over the years and it's content is up-to-date, it remains relevant to the field. The textbook is written at an appropriate level for undergraduate students and is useful in that it does explain important terminology. Overall, the text is very well organized - it is separated into chapters that are divided up into modules and within each module, there are clear learning objectives. It is also helpful that the textbook includes useful exercises for students to practice what they've read about from the text.
The topics covered by this textbook are presented in an order that is logical. The writing is clear and the examples are very useful. Overall, the PDF copy of the textbook made it easy to read; however, there did seem to be a few links that were missing. Additionally, it would be helpful to have some of the graphs printed in color to help with ease of following explanations provided by the text.
The inclusion of a table of contents would also be useful for greater ease with navigation. There does not seem to be any grammatical errors in the textbook.
Also, the textbook is written in a clear way, and the information flows nicely. This textbook focuses primarily on examples from the United States.
It does not seem to be culturally insensitive or offensive in anyway and I liked that it included content regarding the avoidance of biased language chapter This book covers all relevant topics for an introduction to research methods course in the social sciences, including measurement, sampling, basic research design, and ethics.
The chapters were long enough to be somewhat comprehensive, but short The chapters were long enough to be somewhat comprehensive, but short enough to be digestible for students in an introductory-level class.
Student reviews of the book have so far been very positive. The only section of the text for which more detail may be helpful is 2. I did not notice any issues related to accuracy. Content appeared to be accurate, error-free, and unbiased.
One advantage of this book is that it is relevant to other applied fields outside of psychology e. Also, the exercises at the end of chapter sections are helpful. The clarity of the text provides students with succinct definitions for research-related concepts, without unnecessary discipline-specific jargon. One suggestion for future editions would be to make the distinctions between different types of non-experimental research a bit more clear for students in introductory classes e. A nice feature of this book is that instructors can select individual sections within chapters, or even jump between sections within chapters.
For example, Section 1. I did not notice any problems related to interface. I had no trouble accessing or reading the text, and the images were clear. The book does not appear to be culturally insensitive in any discernible way, and explicitly addresses prejudice in research e. However, I think that continuing to add more examples that relate to specific marginalized groups would help improve the text and especially exercises.
Overall, this book is very useful for an introductory research methods course in psychology or social work, and I highly recommend. This text covers the typical areas for an undergraduate psychology course in research design. There is no table of contents included with the downloadable version, although there is a table of contents on the website which excludes sub-sections There is no table of contents included with the downloadable version, although there is a table of contents on the website which excludes sub-sections of chapters.
The sections on statistics are not extensive enough to be useful in and of themselves, but they are useful for transitions to a follow-up statistics course. There does not seem to be a glossary of terms, which made it difficult at times for my read through and I assume later for students who decide to print the text. The text is comprehensive without being wordy or tedious. Relatively minor errors; There does not seem to be explicit cultural or methodological bias in the text. The content is up-to-date, and examples from the psychology literature are generally within the last 25 years.
Barring extensive restructuring in the fundamentals of methodology and design in psychology, any updates will be very easy to implement. Text will be very clear and easy to read for students fluent in English.
There do not seem to be obvious shifts in the terminology or the framework. The text is internally consistent in that regard. The text is well divided into chapter and subsections. Each chapter is relatively self-contained, so there are little issues with referring to past material that may have been skipped. The learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter are very useful.
Blocks of text are well divided with headings. As mentioned above, the topics of the text follow the well-established trajectory of undergraduate psychology courses. This makes it very logical and clear. The lack of a good table of contents made it difficult to navigate the text for my read through. There were links to an outside photo-hosting website flickr for some of the stock photos, which contained the photos of the original creators of the photos.
This may be distracting or confusing to readers. However, the hyperlinks in general helped with navigation with the PDF. Very few examples explicitly include other races, ethnicities, or backgrounds, however the examples seem to intentionally avoid cultural bias. Overall, the writing seems to be appropriately focused on avoiding culturally insensitive or offensive content.
After having examined several textbooks on research design and methodology related to psychology, this book stands out as superior. The author does an excellent job explaining main concepts. The chapter on causation is very detailed and well-written as well as the chapter on research ethics The chapter on causation is very detailed and well-written as well as the chapter on research ethics.
However, the explanations of data analysis seem to address upper level students rather than beginners. A reader who is not versed in research terminology, in my opinion, would struggle to understand the process. While most topics are covered, there are some large gaps.
For example, this textbook has very little content related to qualitative research methods five pages. The majority of the content will not become obsolete within a short time period-- many of the information can be used for the coming years, as the information provided is, overall, general in nature.
The notably exceptions are the content on APA Code of Ethics and the APA Publication Manual, which both rely heavily on outdated versions, which limits the usefulness of these sections. In addition, it would be helpful to incorporate research studies that have been published after The majority of the text is clear, with content that is easy for undergraduate students to read and understand.
The key points included in the chapters are helpful, but some chapters seem to be missing key points i. Each chapter is broken into subsections that can be used alone.
For example, section 5. This could be extremely helpful for educators to select specific content for assigned readings. The topics are presented in a logical matter for the most part. However, the PDF version of the book does not include a table of contents, and none of the formats has a glossary or index. This can make it difficult to quickly navigate to specific topics or terms, especially when explanations do not appear where expected.
The text is consistent but needs more visual representations throughout the book, rather than heavily in some chapters and none at all in other chapters. Similarly, the text within the chapters is not easily readable due to the large sections of text with little to no graphics or breaks.
The interface of the text is adequate. However, the formatting of the PDF is sometimes weak. For example, the textbook has a number of pages with large blank spaces and other pages are taken up with large photos or graphics. The number of pages and cost of printing could have been reduced, or more graphics added to maximize utility. Text appears to be culturally sensitive. I appreciated the inclusion of the content about avoiding biased language chapter Further, the sole focus on psychology limits the use of this textbook for introductory research methods for other disciplines e.
The sections in this textbook are overall more brief than in previous Methods texts that I have used. Sometimes this brevity is helpful in terms of getting to the point of the text and moving on. In other cases, some topics could use a bit more Any updated methodologies would be found in a more advanced methods text.
The most helpful thing about this textbook is that the author arrives at the point of the topic very quickly. Another helpful point about this textbook is the relevancy of the examples used. The examples appear to be accessible to a wide audience and do not require specialization or previous knowledge of other fields of psychology. I feel this text is very consistent throughout. The ideas build on each other and no terms are discussed in later chapters without being established in previous chapters.
Each chapter had multiple subsections which would allow for smaller reading sections throughout the course. The amount of content in each section and chapter appeared to be less than what I have encountered in other Methods texts.
The organization of the topics in this textbook follows the same or similar organization that I see in other textbooks. As I mentioned previously, the ideas build very well throughout the text. This topic is not really an issue with a Methods textbook as the topics are more so conceptual as opposed to topical.
That being said, I did not see an issue with any examples used. This text includes all important areas that are featured in other Research Methods textbooks and are presented in a logical order. The text includes great examples and provides the references which can be assigned as supplemental readings. In addition, the chapters end with exercises that can be completed in class or as part of a laboratory assignment. This text would be a great addition to a Research Methods course or an Introductory Statistics course for Psychology majors.
The text is written at an appropriate level for undergraduate students and explains important terminology. The research studies that the author references are ones that undergraduate psychology majors should be familiar with. The only section that was questionable to me was that on multiple regression in section 8.
I am unaware of other introductory Research Methods textbooks that cover this analysis, especially without describing simple regression first. The text is consistent in terms of terminology. The framework is also consistent - the chapters begin with Learning Objectives and ends with Key Takeaways and Exercises. The text is divisible into smaller reading sections - possibly too many. The sections are brief, and in some instances too brief e.
I think that the section headers are helpful for instructors who plan on using this text in conjunction with another text in their course. The topics were presented in a logical fashion and are similar to other published Research Methods texts. The writing is very clear and great examples are provided. I think that some of the sections are rather brief and more information and examples could be provided. I did not see any interface issues. All of the links worked properly and the tables and figures were accurate and free of errors.
I particularly liked the figures in section 5. There are three comments that I have about the interface, however. First, I was expecting the keywords in blue font to be linked to a glossary, but they were not. I would have appreciated this feature. Also, it would be nice if the TOC was clickable i. The "Key Takeaways" sections at the end of each chapter were helpful, but I think that a glossary would be a nice addition as well.
I did not notice any grammatical errors of any kind. The text was easy to read and I think that undergraduate students would agree. The text was not insensitive or offensive to any races, ethnicities, or backgrounds. I appreciated the section on avoiding biased language when writing manuscripts e. There are some sections that I found particularly helpful: These sections will be great additions to an undergraduate Research Methods course.
The brief introduction to APA style was also helpful, but should be supplemented with the most recent APA style manual. The text book provides good information in certain areas, while not comprehensive information in other areas. The text provides practical information, especially the section on survey development was good. The moderator leads the group's discussion and keeps the focus on the areas you want to explore.
Focus groups can be conducted within a couple of weeks and cost between two and three thousand dollars. Their disadvantage is that the sample is small and may not be representative of the population in general. Personal interviews are a way to get in-depth and comprehensive information. They involve one person interviewing another person for personal or detailed information. Typically, an interviewer will ask questions from a written questionnaire and record the answers verbatim.
Sometimes, the questionnaire is simply a list of topics that the research wants to discuss with an industry expert. Personal interviews because of their expense are generally used only when subjects are not likely to respond to other survey methods.
Telephone surveys are the fastest method of gathering information from a relatively large sample respondents. The interviewer follows a prepared script that is essentially the same as a written questionnaire. However, unlike a mail survey, the telephone survey allows the opportunity for some opinion probing. Telephone surveys generally last less than ten minutes. Typical costs are between four and six thousand dollars, and they can be completed in two to four weeks.
Mail surveys are a cost effective method of gathering information. They are ideal for large sample sizes, or when the sample comes from a wide geographic area. They cost a little less than telephone interviews, however, they take over twice as long to complete eight to twelve weeks.
Because there is no interviewer, there is no possibility of interviewer bias.
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