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

  • Sherri L. Jackson Jacksonville University
  • ISBN-10: 1111346550  |  ISBN-13: 9781111346553
  • 528 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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."

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sherri L. Jackson

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).