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Successful Research Projects: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Barney Beins SAGE Publications, Inc
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The essential guide to developing, performing, analyzing, and reporting your research Successful Research Projects: A Step-by-Step Guide is a concise and accessible text that guides you through each component of the research process. Using a step-by-step active learning approach, acclaimed professor and researcher Dr. Bernard C. Beins discusses each of the key actions required for you to confidently develop, perform, analyze, and report the results of your research in a thorough, accurate, and methodologically sound manner. Throughout the text, you will discover not only how to complete each step, but how the steps at any point relate to other aspects of your research and writing.

Features and Benefits:
-Each chapter is directed at a specific action in the research process for ease of use and reference.
-Active exercises throughout the text prepare you to develop and perform your research.
-Connection sections explain how each step relates to the next step in the research process.
-The Appendix includes valuable tools such as a guide to writing your research paper and an outline for presenting your research.

Chapter 1: Developing Your Research Idea Developing Your Ideas Variables Related to You and Your Interests Refining your Research Question Generating Your Hypothesis Figuring out What Support for Your Hypothesis Would Look Like Preparing for your written paper Chapter 2: Expanding Your Knowledge Sources of Ideas PsycINFO--Finding Research That Psychologists Have Already Carried Out Chapter 3: Acting Ethically in Your Research Ethical Principles and Standards of the American Psychological Association Federal Regulations in the United States Important Ethical Issues in Psychological Research Preparing for evaluation by your Institutional Review Board Commonly Requested Information for IRB Proposals Chapter 4: Adapting and Developing Your Methodology Making Use of Previous Research Borrowing from Previous Research Defining and Measuring Your Concepts and Constructs Identifying Your Research Participants Do the Data Support your Hypotheses? Planning for your Data Analysis Chapter 5: Your Results Why Do We Use Statistics? What Is Your Message? Statistical Significance Deciding Whether the Results Supported Your Hypothesis Results Versus Interpretations Chapter 6: Drawing Conclusions Generating an Overall Statement about Support for Your Hypotheses Showing How Your Results Relate to Previous Research Conclusions and Speculation Using Results to Plan Future Research Using the Limitations in Previous Research To Move Ahead Chapter 7: Writing a Research Report in APA Style Introduction Section Method Section Results Discussion References Appendix A: Creating a Poster Presentation Appendix B: Using SPSS for Data Analysis

Writing in a clear, easy-to-understand style, Beins leads the reader through each step of the research process. CHOICE
Bernard C. (Barney) Beins is Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College. He is a past recipient of the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Psychological Foundation. He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 2 (Teaching of Psychology), 3 (Experimental Psychology) and 52 (International Psychology), the Association for Psychological Science, and the Eastern Psychological Association. He has served as president and as secretary of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. In addition, he was Director of Precollege and Undergraduate Education at APA and has been a member of APAas Board of Educational Affairs and Council of Representatives. In addition, he is a member of the test development committee for the Psychology test of the Graduate Record Exam and served as chair of the test development committee for the Advanced Placement test in Psychology. Much of his professional work involves the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly writing, critical thinking, and research methods. In addition, he and his students conduct research on humor. He authored Research Methods: A Tool for Life and APA Style Simplified. He has co-authored two editions of Effective Writing in Psychology with his daughter Agatha Beins and Research Methods and Statistics with Maureen McCarthy. He has also authored or co-edited another two dozen book-length products and about 150 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and reviews. He has given over 200 presentations; his students have made over 100. His work has included participation in APAas National Conference on Undergraduate Psychology, the St. Mary's Conference, and the Psychology Partnerships Project. He founded the Northeastern Conference for Teachers of Psychology, which continues in conjunction with the New England Psychological Association convention. He was e-books editor for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and editor of the AComputers in Psychology@ section of Teaching of Psychology. He currently edits the Teaching of History section of the journal History of Psychology. He earned his bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his doctorate from City University of New York.