Evaluating Research: Methodology for People Who Need to Read Research, Second Edition by Francis C. Dane 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.
Francis C. (Frank) Dane received a B.S. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Kansas. His advisor was Larry Wrightsman, and he has certainly followed in Dr. Wrightsman's footsteps in terms of staying active in publishing and doing research. He started as Assistant Professor of Psychology at State University of New yYork in Oswego, New York from 1979 to 1983. He moved to Clemson University in South Carolina from 1983 to 1988, where he was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology, and then moved to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he was Associate Professor and Department Chair of Psychology. He stayed at Mercer as the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and as Professor of Internal Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine until 2002. He then became the inaugural James V. Finkbeiner Endowed Chair of Ethics and Public Policy in the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan, until 2010, after which he accepted his current position, Chair of Arts & Sciences at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter as @FrankDaneDoc.
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