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Research Methods and Statistics: A Critical Thinking Approach 4th Edition

Sherri L. Jackson

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2009, 2006, 2003
  • 528 Pages

Overview

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS: A CRITICAL THINKING APPROACH, 4e, successfully illustrates the integration between statistics and research methods by demonstrating the ways to use statistics in analyzing data collected during research. Jackson's combined text adopts an inviting narrative style that speaks directly to students and draws them into the material, helping them overcome the initial apprehension they may feel at having to learn both subject areas at once. She incorporates a student-friendly critical-thinking approach and presents examples and exercises to which students can relate. Jackson focuses on the logic of the process and the methodology aspect of research.

Sherri L. Jackson, Jacksonville University

Sherri L. Jackson is professor of psychology at Jacksonville University (JU), where she has taught since 1988 and currently serves as Chair of the Division of Social Sciences. At JU, she has won Excellence in Scholarship (2003), University Service (2004), and Teaching (2009) awards; the university-wide Professor of the Year Award in 2004; the Woman of the Year Award in 2005; and the Institutional Excellence Award in 2007. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive/experimental psychology from the University of Florida. Her research interests include human reasoning and the teaching of psychology, and she has published numerous articles in both areas. She is also the author of RESEARCH METHODS & STATISTICS: A CRITICAL THINKING APPROACH, 5th Edition (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2016), RESEARCH METHODS: A MODULAR APPROACH, 3rd Edition (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2015) and A CONCISE GUIDE TO STATISTICAL ANALYSES USING EXCEL, SPSS, AND THE TI-84 CALCULATOR (Cengage, 2013).
  • Expanded coverage of Qualitative Methods in Chapter 4.
  • Updated coverage of Survey Methods to include changes in response rates and type of surveys used based on lifestyle changes over the past decade (Chapter 4).
  • New chapter on Basic Probability (Chapter 7).
  • Updated chapters on APA style based on the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Chapter 14 & 15).
  • New Appendix that includes Excel, SPSS, and TI84 exercises for most statistics covered in the text (Appendix D.)
  • Confidence intervals for the t test were added, bringing continuity between t tests and z tests.
  • Updated APA information can be downloaded from the book companion website.
  • Jackson presents information in a simple, direct, and easy-to-understand fashion, writing in an engaging conversational style that reviewers and students praise.
  • This concise text covers only those statistics most used by psychologists, integrating a brief statistical supplement within a methods text.
  • Each chapter begins with an outline. A running glossary throughout the text assists students in understanding and remembering key terms.
  • "In Review" tables found at the end of major sections summarize key concepts and help students check their understanding of chapter content.
  • "Critical Thinking Checks," found immediately after each "In Review" table, include a series of application questions that give students opportunities to think in greater depth about the information covered in that section.
  • At the end of every chapter, students are provided with a list/review of the key terms, chapter exercises, and answers to the "Critical Thinking Checks."
  • The chapter on nonparametric statistics was removed, and all nonparametric statistics have been integrated into earlier chapters in which comparable parametric statistics are discussed. This involves additions to Chapters 7, 9, and 10.
  • Appendix D, which presented a sample APA manuscript, has become Chapter 14; and it immediately follows the chapter on APA communication guidelines.
  • The study guide has been integrated into the text at the end of each chapter so that students now have access to the study guide without having to pay extra for it. The study guide at the end of each chapter includes a chapter summary, learning objectives, fill-in self-test questions, multiple-choice self-test questions, statistical problems in chapters where appropriate, and a review of key terms.
  • An additional measure of effect size (r2) for the t test was added to Chapter 9, increasing the continuity between measures of effect size for the t test and for ANOVAs.
Brief Contents
1. Thinking Like a Scientist.
2. Getting Started: Ideas, Resources, and Ethics.
3. Defining, Measuring, and Manipulating Variables.
4. Descriptive Methods.
5. Data Organization and Descriptive Statistics.
6. Correlational Methods and Statistics.
7. Probability and Hypothesis Testing.
8. Introduction to Inferential Statistics.
9. The Logic of Experimental Design.
10. Inferential Statistics: Two-Group Designs.
11. Experimental Designs with More Than Two Levels of an Independent Variable.
12. Complex Experimental Designs.
13. Quasi-Experimental and Single-Case Designs.
14. APA Communication Guidelines.
15. APA Sample Manuscript.
Appendix A: Statistical Tables.
Appendix B: Computational Formulas for ANOVAs.
Appendix C: Answers to Odd-Numbered Chapter Exercises and All Review Exercises.
Appendix D: Excel, SPSS, and TI84 Exercises.
References.
Glossary.
Index.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305502345
The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, "What If" scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus and an expanded test bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay and new critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mail.

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Research Tutor Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305582569
Research Tutor for Jackson, Research Methods and Statistics: A Critical Thinking Approach, 5e is a project management tool that helps students stay on task with the research assignment that is often included in the behavioral sciences research methods course. Research Tutor breaks the process down into 9 assignable modules that help manage timelines and turn research ideas into well-constructed research proposals, research papers, or presentations. It’s the only interactive tool that helps students evaluate and choose an appropriate topic early in the course and stay on task as they move through their study.

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Research Tutor Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305582569
Research Tutor for Jackson, Research Methods and Statistics: A Critical Thinking Approach, 5e is a project management tool that helps students stay on task with the research assignment that is often included in the behavioral sciences research methods course. Research Tutor breaks the process down into 9 assignable modules that help manage timelines and turn research ideas into well-constructed research proposals, research papers, or presentations. It’s the only interactive tool that helps students evaluate and choose an appropriate topic early in the course and stay on task as they move through their study.