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It does not, however, cover qualitative methodologies, or research ethics as it relates to other countries outside of the US. Since this textbook covers a topic that is unlikely to change over the years and it's content is up-to-date, it remains relevant to the field. The textbook is written at an appropriate level for undergraduate students and is useful in that it does explain important terminology. Overall, the text is very well organized - it is separated into chapters that are divided up into modules and within each module, there are clear learning objectives.

It is also helpful that the textbook includes useful exercises for students to practice what they've read about from the text. The topics covered by this textbook are presented in an order that is logical. The writing is clear and the examples are very useful. Overall, the PDF copy of the textbook made it easy to read; however, there did seem to be a few links that were missing. Additionally, it would be helpful to have some of the graphs printed in color to help with ease of following explanations provided by the text.

The inclusion of a table of contents would also be useful for greater ease with navigation. There does not seem to be any grammatical errors in the textbook. Also, the textbook is written in a clear way, and the information flows nicely. This textbook focuses primarily on examples from the United States. It does not seem to be culturally insensitive or offensive in anyway and I liked that it included content regarding the avoidance of biased language chapter This book covers all relevant topics for an introduction to research methods course in the social sciences, including measurement, sampling, basic research design, and ethics.

The chapters were long enough to be somewhat comprehensive, but short The chapters were long enough to be somewhat comprehensive, but short enough to be digestible for students in an introductory-level class.

Student reviews of the book have so far been very positive. The only section of the text for which more detail may be helpful is 2. I did not notice any issues related to accuracy. Content appeared to be accurate, error-free, and unbiased.

One advantage of this book is that it is relevant to other applied fields outside of psychology e. Also, the exercises at the end of chapter sections are helpful. The clarity of the text provides students with succinct definitions for research-related concepts, without unnecessary discipline-specific jargon. 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. The modules are short, concise, and manageable for students; the material within each module is logically focused and related to each other. I may move the modules and the sub-topics within them into a slightly different order for my class, and add the information mentioned above, but overall, this is very good. The author presents topics and structures chapters in a logical and organized manner.

The epub and online version do not include page numbers in the text, but the pdf does; this may be confusing when referencing the text or answering student questions. I used and compared the pdf, epub, and online versions of the text. The epub and online versions include a clickable table of contents, but the pdf does not. The table format is inconsistent across the three versions; in the epub version viewed through ibooks , the table data does not always line up correctly, making it difficult to interpret quickly.

In the pdf and online versions, the table format looks different, but the data are lined up. As I read through this text, I did not detect any glaring grammatical errors. Overall, I think the text is written quite well in a style that is accessible to students. The author uses inclusive, person-first language, and the text does not seem to be offensive or insensitive. As I read, I did notice that topics such as diversity and cultural competency are absent. I enjoyed reading this text and am very excited to have a free research methods text for my students that I may supplement as needed.

Overall, this is a great resource! This textbook covers all or nearly all of what I believe are important topics to provide an introduction to research methods in psychology.

One minor issue is that the pdf version, which I reviewed, does not include an index or a glossary. The book provides a solid overview of key issues related to introductory research methods, many of which are nearly timeless. I believe the text is organized in such a way that it could be easily divided into smaller sections.

I did not notice any issues with the interface. I reviewed the pdf version and thought the images were very helpful. This text covers everything I would consider essential for a first course in research methods, including some areas that are not consistently found in introductory texts e.

The chapters on ethics Ch. There is no index or table of contents provided in the PDF, and the table of contents on the website is very broad, but the material is well organized and it would not be hard for an instructor to create such a table.

I found the text to be highly accurate throughout; terms are defined precisely and correctly. Where there are controversies or differences of opinion in the field, the author presents both sides of the argument in a respectful and unbiased manner. He explicitly discourages students from dismissing any one approach as inherently flawed, discussing not only the advantages and disadvantages of all methods including nonexperimental ones but also ways researchers address the disadvantages.

In several places, the textbook explicitly addresses the history and development of various methods e. This allows the author to present current thinking and debate in these areas yet still expose students to older ideas they are likely to encounter as they read the research literature.

I think this approach sets students up well to encounter future methodological advances; as a field, we refine our methods over time.

I think the author could easily integrate new developments in future editions, or instructors could introduce such developments as supplementary material without creating confusion by contradicting the test. The examples are generally drawn from classic psychological studies that have held up well over time; I think they will appeal to students for some time to come and not appear dated.

The only area in which I did not feel the content was entirely up to date was in the area of psychological measurement; Chapter 5. However, a comprehensive treatment of measurement validity is probably not necessary for most undergraduates at this stage, and they will certainly encounter the older framework in the research literature.

The textbook does an excellent job of presenting concepts in simple, accessible language without introducing error by oversimplification. The author consistently anticipates common points of confusion, clarifies terms, and even suggests ways for students to remember key distinctions.

Terms are clearly and concretely defined when they are introduced. In contrast to many texts I have used, the terms that are highlighted in the text are actually the terms I would want my students to remember and study; the author refrains from using psychological jargon that is not central to the concepts he is discussing. The division of sections within each chapter is useful; although I liked the overall organization of the text, there were points at which I would likely assign sections in a slightly different order and I felt I could do this easily without loss of continuity.

The one place I would have liked more modularity was in the discussion of inferential statistics: On the one hand, this enables students to see the relationships and similarities among these tests, but on the other, this is a lot for students to take in at once. I found the overall organization of the book to be quite logical, mirroring the sequence of steps a researcher would use to develop a research question, design a study, etc.

As discussed above, the modularity of the book makes it easy to reorder sections to suit the structure of a particular class for example, I might have students read the section on APA writing earlier in the semester as they begin drafting their own research proposals.

I like the inclusion of ethics very early on in the text, establishing the importance of this topic for all research design choices.

One organizational feature I particularly appreciated was the consistent integration of conceptual and practical ideas; for example, in the discussion of psychological measurement, reliability and validity are discussed alongside the importance of giving clear instructions and making sure participants cannot be identified by their writing implements.

This gives students an accurate and honest picture of the research process - some of the choices we make are driven by scientific ideals and some are driven by practical lessons learned. Students often have questions related to these mundane aspects of conducting research and it is helpful to have them so clearly addressed. Although I didn't encounter any problems per se with the interface, I do think it could be made more user-friendly.

For example, references to figures and tables are highlighted in blue, appearing to be hyperlinks, but they were not. Having such links, as well as a linked, easily-navigable and detailed table of contents, would also be helpful and useful to students who use assistive technology. Where necessary, the author uses inclusive language and there is nothing that seems clearly offensive.

The examples generally reflect American psychology research, but the focus is on the methods used and not the participants or cultural context. The text could be more intentionally or proactively inclusive, but it is not insensitive or exclusive.

I am generally hard to please when it comes to textbooks, but I found very little to quibble with in this one. It is a very well-written and accessible introduction to research methods that meets students where they are, addressing their common questions, misconceptions, and concerns.

Although it's not flashy, the figures, graphics, and extra resources provided are clear, helpful, and relevant. The text covers all the areas and ideas of the subject of research methods in psychology for the learner that is just entering the field.

The authors cover all of the content of an introductory research methods textbook and use exemplary examples The authors cover all of the content of an introductory research methods textbook and use exemplary examples that make those concepts relevent to a beginning researcher.

As the authors state, the material is presented in such a manner as to encourage learners to not only be effective consumers of current research but also engage as critical thinkers in the many diverse situations one encounters in everyday life. The content is accurate, error free, and unbiased.

It explains both quantiative and qualitative methods in an unbiased manner. It is a bit slim on qualitative. As instructors of research methods, we recognize that most students in our classes will be consumers of research and not producers of research. Students who choose to take on either role will benefi t from developing critical thinking skills. We believe that we can best help our students think critically by taking a problem-solving approach to the study of research methods.

As Sharon Begley, writer for Newsweek, commented in a recent essay critiquing science education: Researchers begin with a good question and then select a research method that can best help them answer their question. The sometimes painstaking task of gathering evidence is only the beginning of the research process. Analyzing and interpreting the evidence are equally important in making claims about psychological processes.

Researchers and students must analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the method they have chosen in order to be able to evaluate critically the nature of the evidence they have obtained. Another feature that we continue from our last edition is the website designed for our book. There are interactive exercises and quizzes for students to test their knowledge of text material, as well as links to other important psychology websites.

Both students and instructors may easily contact the authors via this site. Please come see us at www. We remain sensitive to ethical issues in psychological research and to the dilemmas researchers face when they study animal or human behavior. The increase in Internet-based research, for example, raises new ethical questions and we identify some of them for our readers.

Finally, we believe that research methods are best taught in the context of published psychological research. Thus, we continue to use the rich psychology literature to provide examples of ways in which researchers actually use the methods we discuss.


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