Introduction Part A Introduction to Research Methods Introduction to Empirical Research Experimental vs. Nonexperimental Studies Experimental vs. Causal-Comparative Studies Types of Nonexperimental Research Variables in Nonexperimental Studies Variables in Experimental Studies Research Hypotheses, Purposes, and Questions Operational Definitions of Variables Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research: I Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research: II Program Evaluation Ethical Considerations in Research The Role of Theory in Research
Part B Reviewing Literature Reasons for Reviewing Literature Locating Literature Electronically Writing Literature Reviews
Part C Sampling Biased and Unbiased Sampling Simple Random and Systematic Sampling Stratified Random Sampling Other Methods of Sampling Introduction to Sample Size A Closer Look at Sample Size
Part D Measurement Introduction to Validity Judgmental Validity Empirical Validity Judgmental-Empirical Validity Reliability and Its Relationship to Validity Measures of Reliability Norm- and Criterion-Referenced Tests Measures of Optimum Performance Measures of Typical Performance
Part E Experimental Design True Experimental Designs Threats to Internal Validity Threats to External Validity Pre-Experimental Designs Quasi-Experimental Designs
Part F Understanding Statistics Descriptive and Inferential Statistics Introduction to the Null Hypothesis Scales of Measurement Descriptions of Nominal Data Introduction to the Chi Square Test A Closer Look at the Chi Square Test Shapes of Distributions The Mean, Median, and Mode The Mean and Standard Deviation The Median and Interquartile Range The Pearson Correlation Coefficient The t Test One-Way Analysis of Variance Two-Way Analysis of Variance
Appendices A. The Validity Structure of Qualitative Research B. Excerpt from a Literature Review C. Indices to Journal Articles D. Selected Sources of Statistical Information E. Other Methods of Determining Reliability F. A Closer Look at the Standard Deviation
Tables 1. Table of Random Numbers 2. Table of Recommended Sample Sizes
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