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Evaluating Research
Methodology for People Who Need to Read Research

Second Edition


© 2018 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition 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.


 
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

Great resource for an upper level health care research course.

Professor Amy C Schultes
Accounting, Kirkwood Community College
September 6, 2017
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Over 100 new references and current examples bring the book up to date on the latest research across disciplines, now including health-related research in addition to social and behavioral science research.
  • Every chapter has been reworked to focus more closely on how to use research to engage in evidence-based practice.
  • Updated content includes a new chapter on qualitative research, a thoroughly revised chapter on conceptual statistics, and coverage of meta-analysis and systematic reviews.
  • More detailed discussion of examples helps students understand how to assess research critically.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Coverage of every facet of evaluating research from key terms and concepts to communicating the final results.
  • Robust pedagogy includes chapter overviews, summaries, key terms, and application exercises to reinforce concepts and allows readers to check their understanding of the material.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Chapter 6


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