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Research Methods and Statistics (Palgrave Insights in Psychology series)


Research Methods and Statistics (Palgrave Insights in Psychology series)

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    Available in PDF Format | Research Methods and Statistics (Palgrave Insights in Psychology series).pdf | English
    Dr Ian Walker(Author)
Whether it's designing a study, conducting an experiment, or analyzing the results, research methods are an integral part of Psychology. In this student-friendly introduction, Walker covers the different types of study, quantitative data, statistics and ethics. This book is the perfect tool to help build students' confidence in this vital area.

"Ian Walker makes the basic topics in statistics accessible, providing interesting examples and explanations. A great A-level text or as a supplement for those Undergraduate students who feel less confident taking a statistics course for the first time."- Sarah Bayless, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Winchester   "I was unsure about studying psychology, but reading Research Methods and Statistics by Ian Walker put all these worries behind me. It is really well written and very readable - all I can say is 'wow, amazing!'" - Jack Herbert, First Year Psychology student, University of Derby

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  • PDF | 251 pages
  • Dr Ian Walker(Author)
  • Palgrave Macmillan; 2010 edition (20 Aug. 2010)
  • English
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  • By Mr. J. Tweedie on 5 July 2011

    Having struggled to understand some concepts around hypothesis testing from other sources, I was seeking out a book that would have an easy to understand structure and would spend more time explaining some of the more basic foundations underpinning statistics - these are often glossed over in other sources.I've found this book to be just what I was looking for. I now feel confident that I understand concepts like the null hypothesis, p values, significance, as well as knowing how to interpret statistical results. Ian Walker uses real life examples as well as some thought experiments to clearly explain each concept.A short section opening the book covers research methods, with a brief overview of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as ethical considerations in psychological research. This section doesn't go into too much depth as the bulk of the book is devoted to explaining statistics instead. Statistics are a vital part of any research project, and the book explains a little about how they fit together with research methods, but the focus is definitely on the statistics themselves.The book was designed for psychology students, but much of the content could easily be transferred to other disciplines since many of the techniques are equally applicable in other areas.So if you're struggling to understand some concepts in statistics like I was, then this book might help you to make that crucial breakthrough in understanding.

  • By MAH on 1 October 2010

    This book would suit a student, researcher or professional who quickly needed to grasp or refresh themselves on the fundamentals of research and statistics. If you are someone who does not have an aptitude for processing data but has to understand it, then you will probably be better off buying this book than many others. Those who have already been taught key aspects of research methods and statistics might not find much new in this, but it could become a handy reference source for them. Out of several books on the subject, this one does the best job of explaining the ideas (especially quantitative research) so that you appreciate the underlying concepts. The writing style is similar to Malcolm Gladwell (Blink), Tim Harford (The Undercover Economist) or Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics) - the author uses humour and everyday examples to keep you interested. If you don't really want to read a book on research and statistics but you have to, if you need the basic ideas explained without complication, then I recommend you buy this.

  • By Jack Herbert on 25 October 2010

    After reading a few very poorly written textbooks, I questioned my interest in Psychology, but this book stopped all that. It's a very well written book and you don't even have to read that far into it to feel like you've learnt a lot of really useful information. I would say that this book is a must have for any undergraduate.

  • By Sheshe on 12 December 2014

    Nice clear book to get my head around statistics for my Masters degree. Very quick delivery - thankyou

  • By Lynsey on 12 March 2015

    Very helpful book written in layman's terms with a touch of humour. Now statistics makes sense

  • By Guest on 24 August 2015

    Really informative book!

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