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Research Methods and Statistics

Research Methods and Statistics

by Ian Walker


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Research methods and statistics form the backbone of all psychological study but they can be difficult to master.

With clarity and humour, Walker eases you through the essential steps of conducting a research project, from designing a study to analysing the results.

Whatever your level of study, this introduction will increase your confidence in understanding and using these vital tools of psychological research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230249882
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Series: Macmillan Insights in Psychology series
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

IAN WALKER is Lecturer in Psychology and Director of Studies for Master of Research at the University of Bath, UK, and is co-author of Research with People (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Table of Contents

List of figures viii

Note from series editors x

Preface xii

Section 1 Research Methods 1

1 Introduction 3

2 The first three stages of designing a research project 10

3 Who will you test and what will this tell you" Understanding populations and samples 21

4 Major types of quantitative research 29

5 Qualitative research and questionnaires 45

6 Research ethics 54

Section 2 Statistics 63

7 Using statistics to describe research findings 67

8 Displaying data with graphs and tables 86

9 Hypothesis testing, and the only two errors you can possibly make with statistics 96

10 Did you see what you expected to see" Understanding the chi-squared test 116

11 One of the most useful things you'll ever learn: the normal distribution 132

12 When is a number not a number" Understanding levels of measurement 146

13 How to tell whether two sets of numbers are different from each other 156

14 Looking at relationships - measures of correlation 181

15 Analysing and presenting qualitative data 197

Section 3 Reports, and some thoughts 203

16 Writing research reports 205

17 A few short warnings about statistics 212

18 Statistics in the real world 218

Appendix A Normal distribution table 220

Appendix B Worked examples of tests for comparing two means: t-tests, the Mann-Whitney U test and the Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test 224

Appendix C Calculating correlations 241

Glossary 245

Index 252

Reading guide 258

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Ian Walker makes the basic topics in statistics accessible, providing interesting examples and explanations. A great A-level text or as a supplement for those Undergraduate students who feel less confident taking a statistics course for the first time.'- Sarah Bayless, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Winchester

'I was unsure about studying psychology, but reading Research Methods and Statistics by Ian Walker put all these worries behind me. It is really well written and very readable - all I can say is 'wow, amazing!'' - Jack Herbert, First Year Psychology student, University of Derby

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