Developmental Research Methods
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Developmental Research Methods

Fifth Edition


February 2017 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Fifth Edition of the classic Developmental Research Methods presents an overview of methods to prepare students to carry out, report on, and evaluate research on human development across the lifespan. The book explores every step in the research process, from the initial concept to the final written product, covering conceptual issues of experimental design, as well as the procedural skills necessary to translate design into research. Incorporating new topics, pedagogy, and references, this edition conveys an appreciation of the issues that must be addressed, the decisions that must be made, and the obstacles that must be overcome at every phase in a research project, capturing both the excitement and the challenge of doing quality research on topics that matter.

 
1: Introduction
Goals of the Book  
Steps in a Research Program  
Plan of the Book  
Summary  
Exercises  
 
2: General Principles
Variables  
Validity  
Sampling  
Control  
Subject Variables  
Outcomes  
Threats to Validity  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
3: Design
Age Comparisons  
Condition Comparisons  
Correlational Research  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
4: Measurement
Some Basic Concepts  
Quality of Measurement  
Tests  
Regression  
Observational Methods  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
5: Procedure
Standardization  
Some Sources of Bias  
Reactivity and Related Problems  
Experimenter Bias  
Loss of Participants  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
6: Contexts
Lab and Field  
Ecological Systems  
Cross-Cultural Research  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
7: Qualitative Research
Characteristics of Qualitative Research  
Methods of Study  
Overview and Evaluation  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
8: Applied Research
Assessment  
Socially Important Issues  
Intervention  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
9: Statistics
Uses of Statistics  
Some More about Significance  
Choosing a Statistical Test  
Correlations  
Multiple Regression  
Meta-Analysis  
Some General Points  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
10: Ethics
Guidelines and Procedures  
Rights of the Research Participant  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
11: Writing
Sections of an Article  
Some Specific Stylistic Points  
Summary  
Exercises  
 
12: Infancy
General Issues  
Infant Perception  
Infant Cognitive Development  
Infant Social Development  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
13: Cognitive Development
The Piagetian Approach  
The Intelligence Test Approach  
Memory  
Theory of Mind  
Concepts  
Executive Function  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
14: Social Development
Moral Development  
Emotions  
Gender Differences and Gender Typing  
Peer Relations  
Child Rearing  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
 
15: Aging
General Issues (as Illustrated by the Study of IQ)  
Memory  
Wisdom  
Memory  
Personality and Social Development  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • New topics expose students to current research issues in human development. Topics include: emotional development, bullying, early forms of moral understanding, the “replication crisis” in psychology, the role of gestures in cognitive development, the study of false belief in infancy, the “teenage brain” and its implications for adolescent behavior, the study of the “oldest old,” and the population of centenarians.
  • Key Terms lists now appear at the end of each chapter to help students master the vocabulary of research methods.
  • New boxes, exercises, glossary items, and tables and figures bring the book completely up to date.
  • Approximately 400 new references reflect recent scholarship in the field

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Flexible chapters provide instructors the ability to cover material in any order they prefer.
  • A student-friendly design and engaging approach provides extended coverage of especially interesting and important contemporary topics through chapter boxes, tables, figures, and photos.
  • Built-in study tools, including exercises, chapter-ending summaries, key terms lists, a glossary, citation of further sources, and relevant websites, help students master key content.

 


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ISBN: 9781506332017