Research Methods: Designing and Conducting Research with a Real-World Focus provides the tools required to conduct relevant, high-quality research in both the classroom and the field. Carrie A. Picardi and Kevin D. Masick-psychologists with expertise in both teaching research methods and applying methods to diverse field settings-offer a unique perspective by integrating current research articles with field-specific scenarios. They draw from research methodology tactics, strategy, and constraints from practitioners across the social sciences and in business. This text effectively bridges the gap between theory and practice by demonstrating how research is done within an organizational setting, and supplies students with relevant, applicable examples to learn from.
Provides tools and tips from current practitioners across the social sciences and in business-including I/O and business professionals in corporate, education, non-profit and public sector settings-to give students a taste of real-world experience thoughout the book.
Utilizes current research articles in business and psychology journals to supplement discussion of complex concepts and reinforce the text's applied focus.
Critically evaluates current research and practitioner examples to help students integrate research methodology concepts from theory to practice.
Details concepts and offers applied examples of validity, threats to validity, and reliability using practitioner scenarios and current literature.
Incorporates statistical terms, such as descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of variability, scales of measurement, non-parametric and parametric statistics and their relationship to research methodology.
Contains a guide to reading, interpreting, and critiquing research articles, including an explanation of research article structure, format, and focus of each section.
Includes a section on writing research using APA format.
Part I: Foundation of Research Methods Chapter 1: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Chapter 2: Variables, Measures, and Hypotheses Chapter 3: Ethical and Legal Considerations in the Research Process Chapter 4: Reliability Chapter 5: Statistical Conclusion and Internal Validity Chapter 6: Construct and External Validity Part II: Research Designs Chapter 7: Experimental Designs Chapter 8: Quasi-experimental Designs Chapter 9: Non-experimental Designs Chapter 10: Survey Designs Part III: Research Interpretation & Application Chapter 11: Integration of Statistical Terminology with Validity and Statistical Decision Making Chapter 12: Generalization of Results to Field Settings Chapter 13: Bridging the Science-Practice Gap in Future Research Chapter 14: Writing a Research Report