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Research Methods and Statistics: A Critical Thinking Approach, 5th Edition

  • Sherri L. Jackson Jacksonville University
  • ISBN-10: 1305257790  |  ISBN-13: 9781305257795
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $201.00
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About

Overview

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS: A CRITICAL THINKING APPROACH, 5th Edition, 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. Focusing on the logic of the process and the methodology aspect of research, Jackson incorporates a student-friendly critical-thinking approach and presents examples and exercises to which students can relate.

Features and Benefits

  • 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, and 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 summary, a list of the key terms, chapter exercises, and answers to the "Critical Thinking Checks." A built-in study guide-featuring additional summary material as well as fill-in and multiple-choice self-tests-also appears at the end of each chapter.

Table of 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. Experimental Design and Analysis I: Between-Subjects Designs.
10. Experimental Design and Analysis II: Correlated-Groups Designs.
11. Experimental Design and Analysis III: Designs with More Than Two Levels of an Independent Variable.
12. Experimental Design and Analysis IV: Complex Experimental Designs.
13. Quasi-Experimental and Single-Case Designs.
14. Nonparametric Inferential Statistics.
15. APA Communication Guidelines.
Appendix A. Statistical Tables.
Appendix B. Computational Formulas for ANOVAs.
Appendix C. Answers to Odd-Numbered Chapter Exercises and All Review Exercises.
Appendix D: Getting Started with Excel, SPSS, and the TI-84 Calculator.
References.

What's New

  • The fifth edition contains 15 chapters, as did the previous edition. However several of the chapters have been reorganized and new information has been added. For instance, Chapters 9 and 10 have been reorganized so an experimental design and the parametric statistic appropriate for that design are covered in the same chapter. Chapter 9 introduces simple between-subjects designs and the parametric statistic appropriate to analyze the data from this design. Chapter 10 does the same for correlated-groups designs.
  • A new Chapter 14 covers nonparametric statistics, including new coverage of two advanced nonparametric statistics: the Kruskal-Wallis test and the Friedman test.
  • Chapter 15 covers APA manuscript guidelines according to the sixth edition of the publication manual; the APA sample paper has been moved to an appendix.
  • More recent research examples have been added throughout the text.
  • Full coverage of how to use Excel®, SPSS®, and the TI-84 calculator to perform statistical analyses has been added in the Statistical Software Resource section at the end of each chapter in which statistics are covered (Chapters 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14).
  • 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.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The book is the best I have found for coverage of the important material in a style that combines research methods and statistics. I was very excited to see the book when it was first published. I met Dr. Jackson, who seemed very eager to provide the information we need to use in a class combining research and statistics."

— Elizabeth Nelson, Christian Brothers University, Tennessee

"[This is] one of the most clear, concise, and well-written statistics books for undergraduates I've used."

— Leonardo Bobadilla, Western Carolina University, North Carolina

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305502345 | ISBN-13: 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.

Electronic Transparancies  (ISBN-10: 1305502353 | ISBN-13: 9781305502352)

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305502418 | ISBN-13: 9781305502413)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Research Tutor Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 130558256X | ISBN-13: 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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Student Supplements

Research Tutor Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 130558256X | ISBN-13: 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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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).