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Exploring Research

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Presents the basics of research in the social and behavioral sciences in an informative and student-friendly way. Salkind's Exploring Research, 8th edition makes research methods accessible for students. Exploring Research provides an introduction to research methods through a friendly, approachable writing style. Salkind describes how to collect and analyze data and provides thorough instruction on how to prepare and write a research proposal and manuscript. The text explores the use of electronic sources (the Internet) as a means to enhance research skills and includes discussions about scientific methods. The most common types of research models in the social and behavioral sciences are incorporated, including qualitative methods. Salkind covers the research process, problem selection, sampling and generalizability, as well as a discussion of the measurement process . Teaching & Learning Experience Personalize Learning - MySearchLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. Improve Critical Thinking - "What You'll Learn about in This Chapter" helps students organize and understand the material to be covered within the chapter. "Exercises" and "Test Yourself" sections challenge students think about and discuss chapter topics and improve their problem-solving skills. Resources in the text and online help students master the process of writing a research paper. Engage Students - Chapter objectives, chapter quizzes, Lab Manual, and eText within MySearchLab help to engage students in the material. Explore Research - Discussions of the research process, problem selection, sampling and generalizability, and the measurement process make research exploration accessible to students. A lab manual is included in MySearchLab to help engage students in the research process. Support Instructors - MyTest, PowerPoints, and an instructor's manual offer additional support for instructors. Note: MySearchLab with eText does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab with eText, please visit: or you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySearchLab with eText (at no additional cost). VP: 9780205239924
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IN THIS SECTION: 1.) BRIEF 2.) COMPREHENSIVE BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface Chapter 1: The Role and Importance of Research Chapter 2: The Research Process: Coming to Terms Chapter 3A: Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research Chapter 3B: Ethics: The Basic Principles Chapter 4: Sampling and Generalizability Chapter 5: Measurement, Reliability, and Validity Chapter 6: Methods of Measuring Behavior Chapter 7: Data Collection and Descriptive Statistics Chapter 8: Introducing Inferential Statistics Chapter 9: Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Correlational Methods Chapter 10: Nonexperimental Research: Qualitative Methods Chapter 11: Pre- and True Experimental Research Methods Chapter 12: Quasi-Experimental Research: A Close Cousin to Experimental Research Chapter 13: Writing a Research Proposal Chapter 14: Writing A Research Manuscript Appendix A: An Introduction to SPSS 16.x Appendix B: Sample Data Set References Glossary Index

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Presents the basics of research in the social and behavioral sciences in an informative and student-friendly way.

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Neil J. Salkind received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Human Development, and after teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains as a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education where he continues to collaborate with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children's cognitive development. After researching in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina's Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed directions and focused on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He has over 150 professional papers and presentations, has written over 100 trade and textbooks, and is the author of Statistics for People Who Think They Hate Statistics (Sage), Theories of Human Development (Sage), and Exploring Research. He has edited several encyclopedias including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was the editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he likes to read, swim with the River City Sharks, bake brownies, and poke around old Volvos and old houses.

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