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This accessible introductory text addresses the core knowledge domain of research methods. It provides concise coverage of the central concepts, techniques, problems and debates in this key area, while encouraging a critical approach and developing students' higher level skills.
Activities help readers build the underpinning generic critical thinking and transferable skills they need in order to become independent learners, and to meet the relevant requirements of their programme of study.
The text provides core information on designing psychology research studies with key chapters on both quantitative and qualitative designs. Other chapters look at ethics, common problems, and advances and innovations.
Paul Richardson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a neuropsychologist, with particular research interests in atypical child development and the neural correlates of psychopathological disorders. He currently organises and teaches modules on research methods and statistics at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. Allen Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a visual psychophysicist who has been involved in the teaching of research methodology and statistics for the past ten years across a variety of institutions. Currently he is responsible for the delivery of Research Methods and Statistics for both undergraduate and post graduate courses at Sheffield Hallam University. Emma Vine is a Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a qualitative methodologist, specialising in Discursive and Rhetorical psychology. Her work focuses on the interaction of the Media, Law and Politics. She has taught research methods to both undergraduates post graduate student, for several years.
Introduction Designing Psychology Research Studies Ethics Levels of Measurement Experimental Designs Time Course Studies Correlational Designs Introducing Qualitative Design Qualitative Data Collection Qualitative Data Analysis Mixed Methods Common Problems Report Writing