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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Qualitative Research
Qualitative research

Qualitative research provides rich and detailed accounts of matters under examination in ways that other, more traditional types of research are unable to express. One of the most important distinctions that sets qualitative psychological research apart from more traditional types of research is that qualitative research is holistic, in that researchers study phenomena in their entirety rather than narrowing the focus to specific defined variables. In this chapter, you will be presented with information that beginning students of qualitative research and prospective researchers should know.

Qualitative research is exciting and vital for producing new information. It is a highly satisfying endeavor in that it connects us with individuals, activities, and situations that are of importance to research. It allows for the careful exploration ...

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