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Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference, 2nd Edition

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“…I received my book yesterday…thank you so much! I used the 1979 version a lot in my PhD program and am eagerly re-reading it. It’s a great experimental design book and is excellent for explaining validity issues to students!”

About the Author

William Shadish (Ph.D., 1978, Purdue University) is a professor of psychology at the University of Memphis. His recent research pertains to experimental design, meta-analysis, methodology, and program evaluation theory. In the past, he has done extensive research on long-term care for the chronically mentally ill. With his colleagues at the University of Memphis, Dr. Shadish has studied the psychology of science, both theoretically and empirically.

Thomas D. Cook (Ph.D., 1967, Stanford University) is a professor of sociology, psychology, education and social policy, as well as a Faculty Fellow, Institute of Policy Research at Northwestern University. His major research interests include examining routes out of poverty and methodology, dealing with the design and execution of social experiments, methods for promoting causal generalization, and theories of evaluation practice. Dr. Cook has written or edited seven books and has published numerous articles and book chapters. He was the recipient of the Myrdal Prize for Science from the Evaluation Research Society in 1982 and the Donald Campbell Prize for Innovative Methodology from the Policy Sciences Organization in 1988. He is a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and a member of its committee on the Future of Work.

I want to emphasize something that I think explains the very mixed reviews of this book–that it’s NOT an introduction to experimental research. This book is the successor to Campbell and Stanley’s Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research and Cook and Campbell’s Quasi-Experimentation, both pathbreaking works in this field. It is by far the most sophisticated and thoughtful analysis of the experimental approach to social research, and explores in depth some issues (such as causation) that other books only touch on. Donald Campbell was the major figure in the development of this approach, and this book continues the tradition he began, significantly expanding and revising his arguments. I can understand the frustration of students who are assigned this book in an introductory course, but every researcher who plans on actually doing experimental research in the social sciences (not psychology) needs this book–particularly the last chapter, “A Critical Assessment of Our Assumptions.”

I am a doctoral student in public health and recommend this book to my fellow doctoral students out there. It is a thorough and comprehensive text on research methods. I have gone through quite a few texts with similar titles and this stands out as the best.

This book is comprehensive and incredibly useful. Anyone who is interested in designing or interpreting an experiment or a quasi-experiment in the social and behavioral sciences would benefit greatly by reading it.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (January 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395615569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395615560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.9 x 8.9 inches

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