Doing Psychological Research: Gathering and Analysing Data

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byNicky Hayes

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"This is a book that should definitely be considered for many introductory psychology courses that need a factual and accessible exposition of psychological research principles and methods."
Times Higher Education Supplement

". . . covers a wider spectrum than many introductory texts on methods in psychology and has a stronger emphasis on qualitative methods than others. . . it will be particularly attractive to students seeking a lifeline into methods at first year undergraduate level. Nicky Hayes' reputation will strengthen the demand for it, particularly among undergraduates who have already used her texts at 'A' level."
Professor Nigel Lemon, University of Huddersfield

". . . there are other research methods textbooks for 'A' level students currently on the market. . . Nicky Hayes has written a book which renders most of these obsolete. The new 'A' level specifications allow students to venture into areas of research that require different forms of qualitative analysis. These are hardly addressed in competing texts and are given thorough treatment by Nicky Hayes. I admire her ability to offer depth of treatment to complex issues without losing her audience. This is an interactive textbook, and I am pleased to see that every chapter contains worked examples, definitions and activities. . . I can highly recommend this book."
Mike Stanley, Gordano School, North Somerset, UK

Research methodology is one of the most important and also one of the most difficult aspects of psychology for many students to grasp. This new textbook, written by one of the most experienced and respected writers of psychology textbooks in the UK, provides a comprehensive account of both qualitative and quantitative methods. It does so in the friendly, lucid style which has made Nicky Hayes' other textbooks so popular with students and teachers.

Doing Psychological Research has been carefully written and designed to help students grasp complex concepts and to provide them with a sound methodological 'toolkit' for carrying out their own projects. The book is divided into data-gathering and analytical sections, and covers the main methods used in psychology for each of these purposes. Exercises and activities, worked examples of statistical tests, and self-assessment questions all help to deepen understanding and illustrate the relevance of the material. A full bibliography and index and a useful glossary of terms complete the package.

This is the accessible but comprehensive introductory text which many students and teachers of research methods in psychology have been looking for. It is likely to become essential reading for introductory courses.

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"This is a book that should definitely be considered for many introductory psychology courses that need a factual and accessible exposition of psychological research principles and methods." Times Higher Education Supplement". . . covers a wider spectrum than many introductory texts on methods in psychology and has a stronger emphasis ...

Dr Nicky Hayes is probably the most experienced and respected writer of psychology textbooks in the UK. She is the author of sixteen books, including Foundations of Psychology (1994), Teach Yourself Psychology (1994) and Successful Team Management (1996), as well as numerous articles and academic papers. She is a Fellow of the British...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:3.82 × 2.95 × 0.36 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335203795

ISBN - 13:9780335203796

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Approaches to psychological research

Part one: Gathering Data

Gathering data for psychological research
Experiments
Observational studies
Questionnaire studies
Psychometrics
Interviews
Case studies and ethnography
Analysing documents

Part two: Making Sense of Data

Introducing qualitative analysis
Grounded approaches to qualitative research
Conversations, discourse and images
Protocol analysis and other techniques
Introducing quantitative analysis
Numbers as descriptive statistics
Descriptive statistics in visual images
Two-sample tests
Correlation and regression
Analysis of variance
Glossary
References
Index.