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Research Methods and Support

A Writer’s Reference (Second Edition)
Diana Hacker
Hacker, D. (1992). A writer’s reference (2nd ed.). New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, Inc.

A Writer's Reference has been carefully designed to save you time. As you can see, the book lies flat, making it easy to consult while you are revising and editing a draft. And the book's ten section dividers will lead you—in most cases very quickly—to the information you need.

Handbook of Research on Teaching
Virginia Richardson
Richardson, V. (Ed.). (2001). Handbook of research on teaching (4th ed.). Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.

How does one conduct educational research? How many different ways are there to approach research questions? Leading authorities in educational research provide instructional materials for graduate students and beginning professionals. This is a balanced presentation of the wide variety of approaches that can be used to explore problems and issues in education.

Sections are included in the following topics:

Nature of Disciplined Inquiry in Education

Arts-Based Educational Research

Historical Methods in Educational Research

Philosophic Inquiry Methods in Education

Ethnographic Research in Education

Case Study Methods in Educational Research

Survey Methods in Educational Research

Comparative Experimental Methods in Educational Research

Quasi-Experimental Methods in Educational Research

Multiple Regression and Causal Analysis
McKee J. McClendon
McClendon, M.J. (1994). Multiple regression and causal analysis. Itasca, IL: F.E. Peacock Publishers, Inc.

First and foremost, the purpose of Multiple Regression and Causal Analysis is to describe applied regression analysis as it is practiced in the social and behavioral sciences. Another goal, however, is to integrate coverage of regression analysis and causal analysis; these two subjects are usually treated in separate volumes. Of the two, the majority of space is devoted to regression analysis (Chapters 2 through 7). The coverage of multiple regression is, however, based on the assumption that most social scientists who are using this statistical technique are either explicitly or implicitly using it to conduct nonexperimental causal analyses; that is, their goal is explanation, not simply description or prediction. Therefore, the various multiple regression topics covered in this book are presented from the perspective of causal analysis. This is accomplished in several ways. First, an overview of issues and techniques for conducting causal analyses of nonexperimental data is given in Chapter 1. Second, the causal perspective is evident in the extended discussion in Chapter 3 of how multiple regression statistically controls other independent variables in order to estimate the effect of any particular independent variable, when experimental control (i.e., randomization) is not available. Third, this perspective more subtly informs the coverage of much of the other material on multiple regression in Chapters 4 and 7.

Multiple Regression: Testing and Interpreting Interactions
Leona S. Aiken and Stephen G. West
Aken, L.S., & West, S.G. (1991). Multiple regression: Testing and interpreting interactions. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Researchers in a variety of disciplines frequently encounter problems in which interactions are predicted between two or more continuous variables. However, the current literature regarding how to analyze, interpret, and present interactions in multiple regression has been confusing. In this comprehensive volume, Aiken and West provide academicians and researchers with a clear set of prescriptions for estimating, testing and probing interactions in regression models. Including the latest research in the area, such as Fuller's work on the corrected/constrained estimator, the book is appropriate for anyone who uses multiple regression to estimate models or for those enrolled in courses on multivariate statistics.

Policy Documents & Reports
Edited by Robert Kreiser
Kreiser, R. (2001). Policy Documents & Reports. Washington, DC: American Association of University Professors


Research Methods in Psychology
John J. Shaughnessy, Eugene B. Zechmeister, and Jeanne S. Zechmeister
Shaughnessy, J.J., Zechmeister, E.B., Zechmeister, J.S. (2003). Research methods in psychology (6th ed.). New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Proven Features

Multi-method approach emphasizes the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods and the need to use different methods to answer different research questions. Problem-solving approach teaches how to solve problems and answer research questions rather than applying rigid procedures to doing research.Numerous examples from psychology literature enable students to learn about research methods AND psychology.

New Features

New streamlined writing style and many more student-relevant examples.New opening chapter introduces students to the analogy of the criminal legal proceedings (investigation, trial verdict) and the scientific process.Revised chapter structure with two new chapters on data analysis focusing on understanding the application of quantitative reasoning.'Stretching Exercises' added throughout each chapter for students to apply principles immediately.

Online Learning Center, with additional resources for students and instructors, can be delivered in multiple ways: through the text website, within a course management system (WebCT, Blackboard, etc.), or within McGraw-Hill's popular PageOut.

Standards for educational and psychological testing
American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education
American Psychological Association. (1999). Standards for educational and psychological testing. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.

Educational and psychological testing and assessment are among the most important contributions of behavioral science to our society, providing fundamental and significant improvements over previous practices. Although not all tests are well-developed nor are all testing practices wise and beneficial, there is extensive evidence documenting the effectiveness of well-constructed tests for uses supported by validity evidence. The proper use of tests can result in wiser decisions about individuals and programs than would be the case without their use and can also provide a route to broader and more equitable access to education and employment. The improper use of tests, however, can cause considerable harm to test takers and other parties affected by test-based decisions. The intent of the Standards is to promote the sound and ethical use of tests and to provide a basis for evaluating the quality of testing practices.

The American Heritage Dictionary


The Basics of Social Research
Earl Babbie
Babbie, E. (2002). The basics of social research (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.


The Practice of Social Research
Earl Babbie
Babbie, E. (2001). The practice of social research (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Guided by master teacher and best-selling author Earl Babbie, you'll learn the logic and skills of effectively doing research in the social sciences. You'll gain a real understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods and inductive and deductive distinctions. Babbie makes abstract theory understandable with humor, down-to-earth metaphors, and many contemporary examples that will hit home for you.

In this current Ninth Edition, you'll also get a hands-on look at the exploding use of telecommunications and cyberspace tools for social research, including Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) and researchers' initial, cautious experiments with online polling. And you'll learn how new technologies such as computer-assisted data collection and analysis are now a viable tool in the social researcher's arsenal.

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