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Practical Research: Planning and Design (9th Edition 9th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0137152426
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Practical Research is a comprehensive and practical guide to research methodology.  Suited for self-instruction, this easy-to-read manual guides the beginning researcher, step by step, through the entire research process with practical suggestions. This “do-it-yourself, understand-it-yourself” approach is designed to help research students understand the fundamental structure of quality research in any discipline including:


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (April 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137152426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137152421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JKW on September 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Research, it is safe to say, is probably not the average person's favorite course to take in school. The subject itself, for most, is bland and boring and probably not very accessible from a learning standpoint.
Enter Leedy and Omrod. "Practical Research" is just an outstanding book to learn research from or to teach a research course with. First off, the book is small and it is written in simple language with "practical" examples. This makes the subject a lot more accessible to the average reader. Second, it contains lots of helpful hints and checklists to help make the learning process easier. The companion website for this book contains practice tests that the students can use to gauge their learning (as well as e-mail results to get feedback from the instructor).
Though the book is short, it is still very thorough and to the point. There is no tradeoff in quality of information for brevity which is a great point in favor of this book. Overall, this book is a superior learning tool because it communicates the research process very clearly. A student at any level, be it, middle school, secondary school, undergraduate or graduate, can easily learn the research process from this text.
We used this as one of the texts for a graduate level research methods course I took and it was a big hit with all enrolled in the class.
Here's a quick rundown of the books topics:
1. What is Research?
2. Research Tools
3. Identifying the research problem
4. Literature Review
5. Research design planning
6. Research proposal writing
7. Qualitative research
8. Historical research
9. Descriptive research
10. Experimental and Causal-Comparative designs
11. Statistical techniques for quantitative data analysis
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Hockett on January 27, 2011
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This is a required text for a class I am taking, but I have found it to be a poorly updated 9th Edition of a book. The first chapter gives such basic information about email, computers and the internet, that you would think the internet was just invented. Shame on the author and publishers for selling a book originally published in 1993 with very little work put in to making it relevant and current in its 9th Edition. For any aspiring or out of work authors, perhaps here is an opportunity to write your own book with a little more effort, which can be much more useful for today.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Gonzalez on November 12, 2012
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I did not realize there were different kinds of Kindle books. This one is a Print Replica book and it has limited features. For example it only allows me to download to 2 devices at the same time. It is NOT formatted for the iPhone either. Make sure you read the fine print and educate yourself on the different types of "Kindle Book" formats. This format does not allow me to adjust the text size or color nor the background. For the lack of features I think the price should be lower. It is basically a digital picture of the actual pages from the book. You can zoom in and on a page but must zoom out to advance to the next page or read the entire page.

I should have checked around to make sure this was the best format for me. I really need to be able to change the text size. I actually have the paperback version and the font is so fine it is really hard to read that is why I purchased the digital version. Since it is a Print Replica it looks just like the book and like previously stated I can not change the font/text size. Zooming in and out on every page gets old plus this book has huge left margins of approximately 2.5-3 inches on almost every page so that does not help.

I prefer the regular Kindle books I having been purchasing for the extra features and I mentioned and so I can download the books to my iPhone, iPad and computer. I always have my iPhone with me so I like being able to have all my books on there too.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doctoral Student on June 10, 2012
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This is a required text for my research methodology class, so I bought the Kindle version of the book. Unfortunately, there are no page numbers (like the text) on the Kindle version, which is a problem when my professor assigns specific pages to read. Amazon needs to warn its customers of this missing feature.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter on January 19, 2013
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First off, the text is wonderful. I'm 2 chapters in and it's very well-organized and well-written. As a student, you probably won't have a choice of whether you'll order this book, but this is a textbook that won't put you to sleep. Also, it's not too thick or heavy, so you probably won't need a Kindle version for that reason. At 364 pages, this is a concise text for a topic on which much has been written.

Second, don't buy the MyEducationLab & eText version if your professor doesn't require it. Before I purchased this version, I went to Pearson's site to see if this would allow me to have a digital copy of the book. I couldn't find an answer, so I went to their "live" help. The person on the other end of the chat took quite a bit of time to figure out whether I would have access to a digital copy of the book, but said that yes, I would be able to get it.

So I ordered it. After some more digging, I found an area that said that the eText version would only work on a computer or tablet, but not a phone. So then I received the book and tried to get into their site to get access to the digital copy. You can't even get into the site without a code from your instructor, even though you've already paid for MyEducationLab. My instructor didn't sign up for Pearson's material, so he didn't have a code. The Pearson site says they don't issue refunds. Their "help" person could barely tell me whether I could get a digital copy, so I didn't bother asking them about this issue.

Third, Amazon is great and issued a credit for the price difference.

Educators: this looks like an excellent book for the topic, although I'm not finished. Make sure you tell your students not to get the eText version unless you're partnering with Pearson for their additional materials. After dealing with them, I honestly wouldn't bother.
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