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Research Design Explained, 8th Edition

  • Mark L. Mitchell Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Janina M. Jolley Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • ISBN-10: 1133049834  |  ISBN-13: 9781133049838
  • 752 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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RESEARCH DESIGN EXPLAINED, Eighth Edition helps students appreciate the excitement of science research and its relevance to psychology by explaining concepts clearly and using real-life analogies and examples. Focusing on important, fundamental concepts and demonstrating the logic behind research design, authors Mitchell and Jolley help students go beyond simply memorizing terms to develop a true understanding of research design.

Features and Benefits

  • The text is fine-tuned throughout with clearer explanations, examples and practical tips, and updates regarding technological changes.
  • Each chapter is a self-contained module, allowing professors flexibility in creating a syllabus. Because each chapter covers ethics, construct validity, external validity, and internal validity, it is easy to skip chapters or cover them in different orders.
  • The text is consistent with the most recent APA style, the most recent APA ethical code, and the most recent reports from APA's Task Force on Statistical Inference. Appendix F contains information on statistics.
  • Every chapter opens with a detailed outline, followed by a brief overview. End-of -chapter material includes a numbered summary, list of key terms with page references, exercises, and web resources. Answers to the in-text exercises are located in the Instructor's Manual.
  • Chapters and appendixes focus on why certain goals are important and how to achieve those goals. For example, Chapter 1 focuses on the need for both students and psychologists to think scientifically, Chapter 5 shows how to establish that a measure is valid, Chapter 9 is a lesson on how not to be fooled by false cause-effect statements, and Chapter 12 is a lesson in perhaps the most important concept in psychology: interactions.
  • "Putting it All Together: Writing Research Proposals and Reports" shows students how to write research proposals and reports.

Table of Contents

1. Science, Psychology, and You.
2. Validity and Ethics: Can We Know, Should We Know, and Can We Afford Not to Know?
3. Generating and Refining Research Hypotheses.
4. Reading, Reviewing, and Replicating Research.
5. Measuring and Manipulating Variables: Reliability and Validity.
6. Beyond Reliability and Validity: The Best Measure for Your Study.
7. Introduction to Descriptive Methods and Correlational Research.
8. Survey Research.
9. Internal Validity.
10. The Simple Experiment.
11. Expanding the Simple Experiment: The Multiple-Group Experiment.
12. Expanding the Experiment: Factorial Designs.
13. Matched Pairs, Within-Subjects, and Mixed Designs.
14. Single-n Designs and Quasi-Experiments.
15. Putting It All Together: Writing Research Proposals and Reports.
Appendix A: Research Report and Proposal Checklist.
Appendix B: Sample APA-Style Paper.
Appendix C: A Checklist for Evaluating a Study's Validity.
Appendix D: Practical Tips for Conducting an Ethical and Valid Study.
Appendix E: Introduction to Statistics.
Appendix F: Statistics and Random Numbers Table.

What's New

  • Chapter 15, "Putting It All Together: Writing Research Proposals and Reports," has been thoroughly revised to include clear, up-to-date guidance on how to write research proposals and reports.
  • Revised content on the APA report and proposal checklist has been added to Appendix A, "Research Report and Proposal Checklist."
  • The sample paper in Appendix B, "Sample APA-Style Paper," as well as other sections throughout the text have been revised to remain consistent with the newest Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. As a result, students have examples and checklists that will help them write papers that adhere to current APA style.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mark L. Mitchell

After graduating summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University, Mark L. Mitchell received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology at The Ohio State University. He has co-authored (with Janina Jolley and Robert O'Shea) WRITING FOR PSYCHOLOGY: A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS. His professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, American Psychological Society, Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa. He is currently a Professor at Clarion University, a loyal Buckeye fan, and the proud father of Moriah Mae Mitchell.

Janina M. Jolley

Janina M. Jolley graduated with "Great Distinction" from California State University at Dominquez Hills and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is currently an executive editor of "The Journal of Genetic Psychology" and "Genetic Psychology Monographs" and Professor of Psychology at Clarion University. Her professional affiliations include the Middle-Eastern Honor Association (President 1999 to 2000; Vice-President 1998 to1999), American Psychological Association (Division 2: Teaching of Psychology and Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), American Psychological Society, Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, The Midwestern Psychological Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. Her hobbies include flying, Civil Air Patrol, biking, and spending time with her family.