This core textbook introduces psychology students to research methods. The author’s principal goal is to present methods in a way that will lend coherence to the material. He does this by providing a meaningful framework based around Campbell and Stanley’s "threats to validity" and by organizing the book around the phases of the research process. In addition, in his approach and via boxed features, the author encourages and models a process of critical thinking for students.

An Overview of the Research Process

An overview of the research process
  • A Quick Guide to Chapter 1: The Research Process
  • A Step-by-Step Analysis of the Research Process
  • The Steps in the Research Process
    • Step 1: The Hypothesis
    • Step 2: The Operations for Measuring Cause and Effect
    • Step 3: Arranging Comparisons to Test the Hypothesis
    • Step 4: Making the Observations to Test the Hypothesis
    • Step 5: Statistical Analysis of the Observations
    • Step 6: Drawing Conclusions From the Research Results
    • Step 7: Communicating the Research Findings
  • Choices and Validity
    • Introduction
    • Conceptual Validity
    • The Validity Scorecard
    • Construct Validity
    • Research Design
    • Internal and External Validity
    • Internal Validity
    • External Validity
    • Statistical Conclusion Validity
  • Threats to Validity as Questions
  • Review Questions and Exercise

A Quick Guide to Chapter 1: The Research Process

The process of doing research can be broken down arbitrarily into a series of steps, beginning with the formulation of the ...

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