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Research Methods in Psychology Evaluating a World of Information, 1st Edition

An engaging text that helps students develop the skills they need for critically examining their world.

Research Methods in Psychology: Evaluating a World of Information acknowledges that many psychology majors pursue careers in which they need to read and understand research rather than actually conduct research. Therefore, while students still learn the skills necessary to design research, the book emphasizes the quantitative reasoning skills students need to become systematic and critical consumers of information. Examples from a variety of sources capture students’ interest, and the innovative pedagogical framework ensures that students will retain and be able to apply what they learn.

About the Author

Beth Morling is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware. She attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before teaching at Delaware, she held positions at Union College (NY) and Muhlenberg College (PA). She has taught research methods at Delaware almost every semester for eight years. In addition to research methods, she also teaches undergraduate cultural psychology and a seminar on the self-concept, as well as a graduate course in the teaching of psychology. Her research in the area of cultural psychology explores how cultural practices shape people’s motivations. Dr. Morling recently returned from a year as a Fulbright scholar, teaching and conducting research in Kyoto, Japan.

I picked up the book at a conference. As a instructor for Research Methods course in the university, I have used two other textbooks in the past. I wasn’t fully satisfied with either of them. Then I came across the brochure of the book which caught my attention and then after going over the book thoroughly, I am very very satisfied. The book is clearly written with examples to help the readers in understanding the concepts. Highly recommended it to anyone who needs to take Research Methods even if your instructor does not choose to use this book for the course.

I teach research methods at a small college and I love love LOVE this book. The chapters are concise and highly accessible. The instructor materials include a variety of publicly accessible media clips (a huge benefit) as well as suggestions for in-class activities, which I am finding very useful. The book makes methods really engaging and relevant, which is great for a topic that can easily become dry. I highly recommend it.

While it is easy to read and follow the material in the book, I am finding that a lot of the content, especially the word definitions are too vague. I find myself spending extra time looking up definitions and concepts from outside sources.
Excellent illustrative examples in every chapter. It’s very comprehensive in what it covers. Has a very useful statistics overview in the appendix. Sometimes I felt she overloaded chapters (for example, did we really need 3 way factorials?). Needs to be proofread again. Its full of typos & it’s even missing answers to some chapter study questions. The Learning Actively chapter exercises are well constructed & provide useful practice. But the online study space for this text is lame. It includes vocab flash cards & 25 multiple choice questions for each chapter that are way too easy. The questions my instructor selected for each chapter quiz were much harder.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393935469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393935462
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches

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