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Provides detailed, step-by-step guidance on how to write proposals for both quantitative and qualitative research. Numerous examples throughout the book make it easy to understand. New to this edition: The inclusion of nine model proposals written by published researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. Also new: Two new topics have been added: (1) proposing test development research and (2) proposing research to evaluate a program.Edition/Copyright: 3RD 05
Introduction to the Third Edition vii
Part A: Getting Started
1. What Is Empirical Research?
2. Identifying Broad Problem Areas
3. Evaluating Broad Problem Areas
4. Identifying and Combining Variables
5. Identifying Treatment Variables
6. Considering Demographic Variables
7. Writing Purposes and Hypotheses
Part B: A Closer Look at Problem Selection 17
8. Finding Ideas in the Literature
9. Considering a Body of Literature
10. Considering Theories
11. Determining Feasibility
Part C: Selecting a Research Approach 27
12. Qualitative Research
13. Survey Research
14. Correlational Research
15. Test Development Research
16. Experimental Research
17. Causal-Comparative Research
18. Program Evaluation
Part D: Organizing and Evaluating Literature 43
19. Organizing Literature by Topics
20. Evaluating Research Literature
21. Considering the History of a Topic
Part E: Writing the Introduction and Literature Review 51
22. A Separate Introduction
23. An Integrated Introduction and Literature Review
24. Writing the First Paragraph(s)
25. Using a Topic Outline
26. Being Selective and Critical
Part F: Proposing a Sample
27. Sampling in Qualitative Research
28. Random Sampling
29. Other Methods of Sampling: I
30. Other Methods of Sampling: II
31. Sample Size
Part G: Proposing Instrumentation
32. Qualitative Instrumentation
33. Proposing Published Instruments
34. Proposing New Instruments
35. Proposing to Measure Demographics
36. Ethical Issues in Measurement
Part H: Proposing Procedures 87
37. Nonexperimental Procedures
38. Procedures in Experiments
39. Ethical Issues and Procedures
Part I: Proposing Methods of Analysis
40. Qualitative Analysis
41. Analysis of Demographics
42. Relationships: Nominal
43. Relationships: Equal Interval
44. Group Differences
Part J: Concluding Tasks
45. Writing a Discussion Section
46. Giving the Proposal a Title
47. Preparing an Abstract
48. Developing a Timeline
Part K: Model Research Proposals for Discussion 117
Model Proposal 1: A Survey
Do Psychologists Adhere to the Clinical Practice Guidelines
for Tobacco Cessation? A Survey of Practitioners
Model Proposal 2: A Survey
Acceptability and Availability of Harm-Reduction Interventions for
Drug Abuse in American Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies
Model Proposal 3: Test Development Research
The Americans With Disabilities Act Knowledge Survey
Model Proposal 4: True Experiment
A Personalization Effect in Multimedia Learning: Do Students Learn
Better When Words Are in Conversational Style Rather Than
Model Proposal 5: Quasi-Experimental Research
Intervening to Decrease Alcohol Abuse at University Parties:
Differential Reinforcement of Intoxication Level
Model Proposal 6: True Experiment
Traits and Behaviors Assigned to an Adolescent Wearing an
Alcohol Promotional T-Shirt
Model Proposal 7: Qualitative Research with Focus Groups
Effective Strategies for Esteem-Enhancement: What Do Young
Adolescents Have to Say?
Model Proposal 8: Qualitative Research with Interviews
Challenge and Success: A Qualitative Study of the Career Development of
Highly Achieving Women with Physical and Sensory Disabilities
Model Proposal 9: Combined Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Intimate Partner Abuse Perpetrated by Employees
Table 1:Table of contents Recommended Sample Sizes
Appendix A: Locating Literature Electronically
Appendix B: Electronic Sources of Statistical Information
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