Research design, with its statistical underpinnings, can be especially daunting for students and novice researchers.A¢® At its heart, research design might be described simply as a formalized approach toward problem solving, thinking, and acquiring knowledge, the success of which depends upon clearly defined objectives and appropriate choice of statistical design and analysis to meet those objectives.A¢® Our three-volume Encyclopedia of Research Design elucidates how one makes decisions about research design, interprets data and draws valid inferences, undertakes research projects in an ethical manner, and evaluates experimental design strategies and results.A¢® From A-to-Z, this work covers the spectrum of research design strategies and topics including, among other things: A¢®fundamental research design principles, ethics in the research process, quantitative versus qualitative and mixed-method designs, completely randomized designs, multiple comparison tests, diagnosing agreement between data and models, fundamental assumptions in analysis of variance, factorial treatment designs, complete and incomplete block designs, Latin square and related designs, hierarchical designs, response surface designs, split-plot designs, repeated measures designs, crossover designs, analysis of covariance, statistical software packages, and much more.The subject is how to plan and conduct empirical research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. This three-volume reference offers a compendium of entries selected for their usefulness to students and others, weighted with regard to whether the topic merited 1,000, 2,000, or 3,000 words, and written to that length by assigned scholars. Each with references and cross references, 500-plus alphabetically arranged entries offer information pertaining to 28 general themes, among them: graphical displays of data, hypothesis testing, item response theory, mathematical and measurement concepts, reliability and validity issues, design concepts, research ethics and process, and statistics (e.g. applications, assumptions, concepts, procedures). Of particular interest are the reviews of important research articles and the reviews of software used to analyze results. Salkind (emeritus, human development, U. of Kansas), a veteran editor for Sage Publications shaped this reference with the help of two associate editors: Bruce B. Frey (educational psychology, U. of Kansas) and Donald M. Dougherty (drug & alcohol abuse, U. of Texas Health Center at Antonio). Annotation ¨Ï2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)"Comprising more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results. It covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research; it addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences; it provides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies; and it uses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life cases."--Publisher's description.To request a free 30-day online trial to this product, visit www.sagepub.com/freetrialResearch design can be daunting for all types of researchers. At its heart it might be described as a formalized approach toward problem solving, thinking, and acquiring knowledge-the success of which depends upon clearly defined objectives and appropriate choice of statistical tools, tests, and analysis to meet a project's objectives.Comprising more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results.Key FeaturesCovers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate researchAddresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciencesProvides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategiesUses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life casesKey ThemesDescriptive StatisticsDistributionsGraphical Displays of DataHypothesis TestingImportant PublicationsInferential StatisticsItem Response TheoryMathematical ConceptsMeasurement ConceptsOrganizationsPublishingQualitative ResearchReliability of ScoresResearch Design ConceptsResearch DesignsResearch EthicsResearch ProcessResearch Validity IssuesSamplingScalingSoftware ApplicationsStatistical AssumptionsStatistical ConceptsStatistical ProceduresStatistical TestsTheories, Laws, and PrinciplesTypes of VariablesValidity of ScoresThe Encyclopedia of Research Design is the perfect instrument for new learners as well as experienced researchers to explore both the original and newest branches of the field. |