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Understanding Research Methods: An Overview of the Essentials
A perennial bestseller since 1997, this updated tenth edition of Understanding Research Methods provides a detailed overview of all the important concepts traditionally covered in a research methods class. It covers the principles of both qualitative and quantitative research, and how to interpret statistics without computations, so is suitable for all students regardless of thei ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Routledge
(first published November 1996)
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Not a terrible research methods textbook, but for someone with no background knowledge, a lot of times it didn’t have enough information to understand the concepts fully, and I found myself searching for other open source textbooks for additional information.
I liked the format of this book as it made it easier for me to understand the concepts by reinforcing ideas with the exercises after each topic. I also appreciated that the topics were short, usually no longer than a page. My biggest complaint about this book is that it doesn't contain a section for the answers. There were times that I wasn't sure about a topic & my corresponding answer and I wished that I knew that I fully understood the topic. If answers were provided, I would be apt to gi ...more
Mandatory reading for a college class. A lot of information in a short time.... I was not thrilled when the authors themselves wrote "too complicated to be written in detail in this book." So why add that specific item?
This book was a great aid in learning the methods for conducting research in both quantitative and qualitative methodology. It also explains the math needed to create the number that the readers will understand. Very helpful resource.