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One suggestion for future editions would be to make the distinctions between different types of non-experimental research a bit more clear for students in introductory classes e.

A nice feature of this book is that instructors can select individual sections within chapters, or even jump between sections within chapters. For example, Section 1. I did not notice any problems related to interface. I had no trouble accessing or reading the text, and the images were clear. The book does not appear to be culturally insensitive in any discernible way, and explicitly addresses prejudice in research e.

However, I think that continuing to add more examples that relate to specific marginalized groups would help improve the text and especially exercises. Overall, this book is very useful for an introductory research methods course in psychology or social work, and I highly recommend. This text covers the typical areas for an undergraduate psychology course in research design. There is no table of contents included with the downloadable version, although there is a table of contents on the website which excludes sub-sections There is no table of contents included with the downloadable version, although there is a table of contents on the website which excludes sub-sections of chapters.

The sections on statistics are not extensive enough to be useful in and of themselves, but they are useful for transitions to a follow-up statistics course. There does not seem to be a glossary of terms, which made it difficult at times for my read through and I assume later for students who decide to print the text. The text is comprehensive without being wordy or tedious.

Relatively minor errors; There does not seem to be explicit cultural or methodological bias in the text. The content is up-to-date, and examples from the psychology literature are generally within the last 25 years. Barring extensive restructuring in the fundamentals of methodology and design in psychology, any updates will be very easy to implement.

Text will be very clear and easy to read for students fluent in English. There do not seem to be obvious shifts in the terminology or the framework. The text is internally consistent in that regard. The text is well divided into chapter and subsections. Each chapter is relatively self-contained, so there are little issues with referring to past material that may have been skipped. The learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter are very useful.

Blocks of text are well divided with headings. As mentioned above, the topics of the text follow the well-established trajectory of undergraduate psychology courses. This makes it very logical and clear. The lack of a good table of contents made it difficult to navigate the text for my read through. There were links to an outside photo-hosting website flickr for some of the stock photos, which contained the photos of the original creators of the photos.

This may be distracting or confusing to readers. However, the hyperlinks in general helped with navigation with the PDF. Very few examples explicitly include other races, ethnicities, or backgrounds, however the examples seem to intentionally avoid cultural bias. Overall, the writing seems to be appropriately focused on avoiding culturally insensitive or offensive content. After having examined several textbooks on research design and methodology related to psychology, this book stands out as superior.

The author does an excellent job explaining main concepts. The chapter on causation is very detailed and well-written as well as the chapter on research ethics The chapter on causation is very detailed and well-written as well as the chapter on research ethics. However, the explanations of data analysis seem to address upper level students rather than beginners. A reader who is not versed in research terminology, in my opinion, would struggle to understand the process. While most topics are covered, there are some large gaps.

For example, this textbook has very little content related to qualitative research methods five pages. The majority of the content will not become obsolete within a short time period-- many of the information can be used for the coming years, as the information provided is, overall, general in nature.

The notably exceptions are the content on APA Code of Ethics and the APA Publication Manual, which both rely heavily on outdated versions, which limits the usefulness of these sections. In addition, it would be helpful to incorporate research studies that have been published after The majority of the text is clear, with content that is easy for undergraduate students to read and understand. The key points included in the chapters are helpful, but some chapters seem to be missing key points i.

Each chapter is broken into subsections that can be used alone. For example, section 5. This could be extremely helpful for educators to select specific content for assigned readings.

The topics are presented in a logical matter for the most part. However, the PDF version of the book does not include a table of contents, and none of the formats has a glossary or index. This can make it difficult to quickly navigate to specific topics or terms, especially when explanations do not appear where expected. The text is consistent but needs more visual representations throughout the book, rather than heavily in some chapters and none at all in other chapters.

Similarly, the text within the chapters is not easily readable due to the large sections of text with little to no graphics or breaks. The interface of the text is adequate. However, the formatting of the PDF is sometimes weak. For example, the textbook has a number of pages with large blank spaces and other pages are taken up with large photos or graphics. The number of pages and cost of printing could have been reduced, or more graphics added to maximize utility.

Text appears to be culturally sensitive. I appreciated the inclusion of the content about avoiding biased language chapter Further, the sole focus on psychology limits the use of this textbook for introductory research methods for other disciplines e.

The sections in this textbook are overall more brief than in previous Methods texts that I have used. Sometimes this brevity is helpful in terms of getting to the point of the text and moving on.

In other cases, some topics could use a bit more Any updated methodologies would be found in a more advanced methods text. The most helpful thing about this textbook is that the author arrives at the point of the topic very quickly.

Another helpful point about this textbook is the relevancy of the examples used. The examples appear to be accessible to a wide audience and do not require specialization or previous knowledge of other fields of psychology.

I feel this text is very consistent throughout. The ideas build on each other and no terms are discussed in later chapters without being established in previous chapters. Each chapter had multiple subsections which would allow for smaller reading sections throughout the course.

The amount of content in each section and chapter appeared to be less than what I have encountered in other Methods texts. The organization of the topics in this textbook follows the same or similar organization that I see in other textbooks.

As I mentioned previously, the ideas build very well throughout the text. This topic is not really an issue with a Methods textbook as the topics are more so conceptual as opposed to topical. That being said, I did not see an issue with any examples used. This text includes all important areas that are featured in other Research Methods textbooks and are presented in a logical order.

The text includes great examples and provides the references which can be assigned as supplemental readings. In addition, the chapters end with exercises that can be completed in class or as part of a laboratory assignment. This text would be a great addition to a Research Methods course or an Introductory Statistics course for Psychology majors.

The text is written at an appropriate level for undergraduate students and explains important terminology. The research studies that the author references are ones that undergraduate psychology majors should be familiar with. The only section that was questionable to me was that on multiple regression in section 8. I am unaware of other introductory Research Methods textbooks that cover this analysis, especially without describing simple regression first. The text is consistent in terms of terminology.

The framework is also consistent - the chapters begin with Learning Objectives and ends with Key Takeaways and Exercises. The text is divisible into smaller reading sections - possibly too many.

The sections are brief, and in some instances too brief e. I think that the section headers are helpful for instructors who plan on using this text in conjunction with another text in their course. The topics were presented in a logical fashion and are similar to other published Research Methods texts.

The writing is very clear and great examples are provided. I think that some of the sections are rather brief and more information and examples could be provided. I did not see any interface issues. All of the links worked properly and the tables and figures were accurate and free of errors. I particularly liked the figures in section 5. There are three comments that I have about the interface, however.

First, I was expecting the keywords in blue font to be linked to a glossary, but they were not. I would have appreciated this feature. Also, it would be nice if the TOC was clickable i. The "Key Takeaways" sections at the end of each chapter were helpful, but I think that a glossary would be a nice addition as well. I did not notice any grammatical errors of any kind. The text was easy to read and I think that undergraduate students would agree. The text was not insensitive or offensive to any races, ethnicities, or backgrounds.

I appreciated the section on avoiding biased language when writing manuscripts e. There are some sections that I found particularly helpful: These sections will be great additions to an undergraduate Research Methods course.

The brief introduction to APA style was also helpful, but should be supplemented with the most recent APA style manual. The text book provides good information in certain areas, while not comprehensive information in other areas. The text provides practical information, especially the section on survey development was good. Additional information on sampling Additional information on sampling strategies would have been beneficial for the readers. Research method is a common topic and the fundamentals of it will not change over the years.

Therefore, the book is relevant and will not become obsolete. The text in the book is clear. Certain aspects of the text could have been presented more clearly.

For example, the section on main effects and interactions are some concepts that students may have difficulty understanding.

Those areas could be explained more clearly with an example. Graphs in the book lacks titles and variable names. Also, the format of chapter title page needs to be consistent. At times there were related topics spread across several chapters. This could be corrected for a better read by the audience.. The book text is very clear, and the flow from one topic to the next was adequate. However, having a outline would help the reader. The text is not offensive and examples in it are mostly based on historical US based experiments.

I would start of by saying that I am a supporter of the Open Textbook concept. While this book covers research methods basics, it cannot be recommended in its current form as an acceptable alternative to the standard text. Modifications to the text as recommended by myself and other reviewers might improve the quality of this book in the future.

For some topics, there is more and more practical information than in most textbooks. I appreciated the very practical advice to students about how to plot data in statistics chapters. Similarly, there is practical advice about how Similarly, there is practical advice about how to comply with ethical guidelines.

The section on item development in surveys was very good. On the other hand, there is far too little information about some subjects. For example, independent and dependent variables are introduced in passing in an early chapter and then referred to only much later in the text. In my experience, students have a surprisingly difficult time grasping this concept.

Another important example is sampling; I would have preferred much more information on types of samples and sampling techniques, and the problems that arise from poor sampling. A third example is the introduction to basic experimental design. Variables, measurement, validity, and reliability are all introduced in one chapter. I did not see an index or glossary. The fundamentals of research methods do not change much.

Given the current replication crisis in psychology, it might be helpful to have something about replicability. The text itself is spare and clear. The style of the book is to explain a concept in very few words. There are some excellent aspects of this, but on the other hand, there are some concepts that students have a very difficult time undersatnding if they are not embedded in concrete examples.

For example, the section on main effects and interactions shows bar graphs of interactions, but this is presented without variable names or axis titles, and separate from any specific experiment. Sometimes the chapter stucture is laid out on the title page, and other times it is not. Some graphs lack titles and variable names. The chapters can be stand alone, but sometimes I found conceptually similar pieces spread across several chapters, and conceptually different pieces in the same chapters.

The individual sentences and paragraphs are always very clear. For example, perhaps a flow chart of different kinds of experimental designs would be useful. See section on comprehensiveness for more about organization. The flow from one topic to the next was adequate.

I read the pdf. Many if the instances of apparently hyperlinked blue text to do not link to anything. Like most psychology textbooks available in the US, examples are focused on important experiments in US history. I really wanted to be happy with this text.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book as superior in quality. The text includes basic, essential information needed for students in an introductory research methods course. In addition, the text includes three chapters i. However, I did have some areas of concern regarding the coverage of qualitative and mixed methods approaches, and nonparametric tests.

Although the author advocates for the research question to guide the choice of approach and design, minimal attention is given to the various qualitative designs e. In addition, common nonparametric tests e. The text overall is accurate and free of errors. I noticed in the qualitative research sub-section, the author describes qualitative research in general, but does not mention common practices associated with qualitative research, such as transcribing interviews, coding data e.

The information that is included appears accurate. The text appears up-to-date and includes basic research information and classic examples that rarely change, which may allow the text to be used for many years. However, the author may want to add information about mixed methods research, a growing research approach, in order for the text to stay relevant across time. The text includes clear, accessible, straightforward language with minimal jargon.

When the author introduces a new term, the term is immediately defined and described. The author also provides interesting examples to clarify and expand understanding of terms and concepts throughout the text. The text is internally consistent and uses similar language and vocabulary throughout. The author uses real-life examples across chapters in order to provide depth and insight into the information.

In addition, the vocabulary, concepts, and organization are consistent with other research methods textbooks.

Table of Contents Publisher Information Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology 1. Getting Started in Research 2. Theory in Psychology 4. Complex Research Designs 8. Presenting Your Research Book Description Research Methods in Psychology is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This clear and concise text links theory with eight practical steps central to any research process.

It focuses on developing research skills by providing practical examples from both qualitative and quantitative research for a balanced and comprehensive grounding in research methodology.

It is a god book for teacher N student but how can I get this book in soft copy. When we think about the theoretical perspective for our research then reliance on Literature review becomes indispensible. These lines are vulnerable as the boundaries of the countries, as history has articulated us to this date. This is an opinion and not the criticism as I am a novice in the world of literature and research. However, the fact remains that new vistas find the course with spontaneity and after thought effect.

I found the whole book very essential and it should be included in as text book in every discipline of knowledge.

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