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Research Methods in Psychology 4ed

by Glynis M Breakwell, Jonathan A Smith and Daniel B Wright SAGE Publications Ltd
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Research Methods in Psychology has been substantially and meticulously revised in its Fourth Edition. Continuing to offer enviable coverage of the research methods that psychology students at intermediate levels need to muster, the textbook has now been broadened to cover the full suite of beginner level research methods too. It now has extensive coverage of psychological methods, both quantitative and qualitative. For this new edition, a new editorial arrangement has been put into place. Daniel B. Wright steps in to help steer the quantitative research methods section of the textbook and partners Jonathan A. Smith who remains as the lead Editor for qualitative research methods. Glynis M. Breakwell, as with all editions to-date, remains as overseeing Editor for the textbook. They have brought together a team of world leading educators in psychological methods to write accessible and engaging chapters that help students not only learn about the central methods for psychological investigation today, but to see the 'real world' value and importance of using methods well for very good research. As a result, all parties involved have shaped this new edition into a tour-de-force undergraduate textbook. Research Methods in Psychology Fourth Edition now includes: a¢ significantly extended coverage of statistics, including chapters on descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, ANOVA, regression and correlation, and latent variable models a¢ a new chapter on content analysis a¢ a new chapter on writing up your research a¢ concise and accessible introductory sections that place each method in context and show students how they relate to the bigger picture a¢ a more intuitive structure that better reflects the content of methods course teaching a¢ a substantially revised companion website a¢ more visual material and an improved, more attractive layout

Part I: Introduction 1. Research questions, design and choice of methodology Part II: Quantitative Research: Data Collection and Analysis 2. Introduction to quantitative research 3. Experimental Method 4. Quasi-Experimental Designs 5. Sampling Questionnaires 6. Psychometric Tests 7. Descriptive Statistics 8. Inferential Statistics 9. ANOVA 10. Regression and correlation 11. Latent variable models Part III: Qualitative Research: Data Collection and Analysis 12. Introduction to qualitative research 13. Observation 14. Interviewing 15. Diary and Narrative Methods 16. Focus Groups 17. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 18. Grounded Theory 19. Discourse Analysis 20. Content analysis: quantifying qualitative data Part IV: Writing up your Research 21. Report Writing

I like the way that different authors have contributed to the textbook. I think it is presented coherently and benefits from having each chapter written by an expert in that fieldDr James Smith-Spark
Department of Psychology, London South Bank Universit

This book provides an excellent introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and also includes informative overviews of the many analyses and statistical procedures that are typically taught at undergraduate level. The text manages to be both comprehensive and accessible, with useful exercises to challenge and test the reader's knowledge. This book is very enlightening for both students and tutors alikeDr Paul Richardson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Sheffield Hallam Universit

Excellent coverage! Students prefer it because they only need the one book. Covers all they need reallyDr Maria Kontogianni
Nottingham Trent University, School of Education

This 4th edition of Breakwell's Research Methods in Psychology is truly exceptional. Broad coverage of diverse methods with down-to-earth, jargon-free explanations that make clear not only the how but also the why of research methods. Students will come away with deeper appreciation of the thoroughness and value of scientific research in Psychology. One of the most accessible and comprehensive textbooks of its kind, this book is likely to engage the budding scientist in most studentsDr Harry Reis
Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical & Social Psychology, University of Rochester

Glynis M Breakwell University of Bath, UK
Jonathan A Smith University of London, Birkbeck College, UK
Daniel B Wright Florida International University