Ebook Research Methods 2e by Trochim, Donnelly, Arora

Research Methods: The Essential Knowledge Base
2nd edition
William Trochim / James P. Donnelly / Kanika Arora
Ⓒ 2016. Cengage Learning
ISBN 9781133954774 

From an expert team in the research methods field, RESEARCH METHODS: THE ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE BASE, 2nd Edition, is written specifically for undergraduates. The book streamlines and clarifies explanations of fundamental, yet difficult, concepts in a familiar, engaging style. Students learn about the relationship between theory and practice, which helps them become better researchers and better consumers of research.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction.
The Research Enterprise: What Is Research? Translational Research. Research Syntheses and Guidelines. Evidence-Based Practice. An Evolutionary Perspective on the Research Enterprise. Conceptualizing Research: Where Research Topics Come From. The Literature Review. Feasibility Issues. The Language of Research: Research Vocabulary. Types of Studies. Time in Research. Types of Relationships. Hypotheses. Variables. Types of Data. The Unit of Analysis. Deduction and Induction. The Structure of Research: Components of a Research Study. The Validity of Research.
2. Ethics.
Foundations of Ethics in Research. Historical Cases of Unethical Research: Nazi Experimentation during WWII and the Nuremberg Code. Stanley Milgram''s Obedience Studies. The Thalidomide Tragedy. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Evolution of a Modern System of Research Ethics: The Belmont Report. Related Guidelines on Human Subject Participation. Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). Ethics in Clinical Research: Patient Protection versus Access. Ethics in Research with Animals. Ethics in the Production and Publication of Scholarly Work: Honesty in Reporting. Conflict of Interest. Fairness in Publication Credit.
3. Qualitative Approaches to Research.
Foundations of Qualitative Research. The Context for Qualitative Research: Generating New Theories or Hypotheses. Developing Detailed Stories to Describe a Phenomenon. Achieving Deeper Understanding of the Phenomenon. Improving the Quality of Quantitative Measures. Qualitative Traditions: Ethnography. Phenomenology. Field Research. Grounded Theory. Qualitative Methods: Participant Observation. Direct Observation. Unstructured Interviewing. Case Studies. Focus Groups. Unobtrusive Methods in Qualitative Research. Qualitative Data: How Different are Quantitative and Qualitative Data? Assessing Qualitative Research: Credibility. Transferability. Dependability. Confirmability.

4. Sampling.
Foundations of Sampling. Sampling Terminology. External Validity: Two Major Approaches to External Validity in Sampling. Sampling Methods. Nonprobability Sampling: Accidental, Haphazard, or Convenience Sampling. Purposive Sampling. Modal Instance Sampling. Expert Sampling. Quota Sampling. Heterogeneity Sampling. Snowball Sampling. Summary of Nonprobability Methods. Probability Sampling: Theory: The Sampling Distribution. Sampling Error. The Normal Curve in Sampling. Probability Sampling: Procedures: Initial Definitions. Simple Random Sampling. Stratified Random Sampling. Systematic Random Sampling. Cluster (Area) Random Sampling. Multistage Sampling. How Big Should the Sample Be? Summary of Probabilistic Sampling. Threats to External Validity. Improving External Validity.

5. Introduction to Measurement.
Foundations of Measurement. Levels of Measurement. Quality of Measurement. Reliability. Theory of Reliability. Types of Reliability. Validity. Construct Validity and Other Measurement Validity Labels. Threats to Construct Validity. The Social Threats to Construct Validity. Integrating Reliability and Validity.
6. Scales, Tests, and Indexes.
Foundations of Scales, Tests, and Indexes. Scales and Scaling. General Issues in Scaling. Purposes of Scaling. Dimensionality. Unidimensional or Multidimensional? Tests. Validity, Reliability and Test Construction. Standardized Tests. Test Fairness. How to Find a Good Test. Indexes. Some Common Indexes. Constructing an Index.
7. Survey Research.
Foundations of Survey Research. Types of Survey Research. Questionnaires. Interviews. Selecting the Survey Method. Population Issues. Sampling Issues. Question Issues. Content Issues. Bias Issues. Administrative Issues. Survey Design. Types of Questions. Question Content. Response Format. Question Wording. Question Placement. The Golden Rule. Interviews. The Role of the Interviewer. Training the Interviewers. The Interviewer''s Kit. Conducting the Interview. Obtaining Adequate Responses

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