Exploring Research (8th Edition) 8th Edition

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About the Author

Neil J. Salkind received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Human Development, and after teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he remains as a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education where he continues to collaborate with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children's cognitive development.  After researching in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina's Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed directions and focused on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He has over 150 professional papers and presentations, has written over 100 trade and textbooks, and is the author of Statistics for People Who Think They Hate Statistics (Sage), Theories of Human Development (Sage), and Exploring Research. He has edited several encyclopedias including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the recently published Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was the editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he likes to read, swim with the River City Sharks, bake brownies, and poke around old Volvos and old houses.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (July 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205093817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205093816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elementary Teacher on December 5, 2005
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Having previously purchased a required research textbook that was written in a truly "mind-numbing" fashion, I went online to find a supplemental text. I was looking for something to help me develop some background knowledge in order to better understand my assigned readings. I consider myself very lucky for having found "Exploring Research". The writing style is very straightforward. I was easily able to read the textbook within a few days, and this made understanding the assigned readings in my course textbook much easier to do.

Easy to understand charts are used to illustrate points and organize the information. Practical resources are given to assist in developing a Literature Review. Rather than simply telling the reader to read a research study "critically", the author provides a list of specific questions an introductory student can ask themselves for each section of a report being read. As a supplemental text for the beginning student, this book is a wonderful resource for making sense of the basic research concepts.

Chapters include:

The Role and Importance of Research

The Research Process: Coming to Terms

Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research

Sampling and Generalizability

Measurement, Reliability, and Validity

Methods of Measuring Behavior

Data Collection and Descriptive Statistics

Introducing Inferential Statistics

Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Correlational Methods

Nonexperimental Research: Qualitative Methods

Pre- and True Experimental Research Methods

Quasi-Experimental Research: A Close Cousin to Experimental

Research

Writing a Research Proposal

Writing a Research Manuscript
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susanna White on May 23, 2002
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Regardless of what your research needs are, this books could be called "research for dummies" in its excellent and easy-to-follow explanations. Buy this book, even if your required text is something else - It's filled with examples and can be read like an adventure novel in bed WHILE being truly comprehended! I've taken statistics, research classes, etc. - I wished I had read this book along with my first class! There's nothing dry about this and 1000 words are too few to praise it adequately!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. S. Blanke on September 7, 2008
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While this book is written in a very "user-friendly" style, the amount of typographical, stylistic, and grammatical errors is incredibly distracting! For a book that's supposed to discuss the precision of research methodology, it certainly has a long way to go in being accurate. It seems that on almost every page there is a typographical or grammatical error, which is completely unacceptable in a professional resource (even if it is targeted towards "beginners"). There are a couple of chapters in which entire sections seem been left out and others that are very sloppily edited.

Surely the author could have forked over a couple hundred bucks to get a professional (or even a half-intelligent grad student!) to proofread it. It is in its seventh edition, after all.

If copious amounts of unprofessional errors irritate you in a textbook, avoid this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Willoughby on March 14, 2009
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Whether you are just beginning a masters program or a PhD program, this book provides a great down-to-earth introduction into the world of research methods. The technical language of the material is delivered to the students in a way that is fun and understanding. I greatly enjoyed reading the text and it fully prepared me for my first ever research project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamilton on May 12, 2013
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This book arrived on time as scheduled and is easy to read. This has been the first textbook that I consider to have been written for understanding as well as knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adalinda on November 10, 2013
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For being about a topic that really makes my head spin (statistics and research) It was actually not bad. It helped me wrap my head around the topic, was easy to follow and gave good examples. Would recommend it for a more artistic person having to thread through a statistics class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on December 14, 2013
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This gives a comprehensive guide to writing research proposals and papers, reading scientific journals, and doing scientific statistics during an experiment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adnil W. on January 21, 2014
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So glad to find the edition prior to the current one used. The price was right. My teacher was fine with it and it saved me at least $30-$40.
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