Changes in New Edition
More illustrations, tables, figures, and bulleted lists to enhance understandingMore and simpler explanations of complex process A greater balance between the various approaches to research, ranging from experimental to qualitative, with causal-comparative, survey, and evaluation in-betweenPart I
Expanded to include additional ethical considerations when conducting research. Part II:
Renamed "Carrying out Fundamental Steps of Research"Additional details regarding measurement and observation Expanded discussion of the application of design criteriaPart III:
Renamed "Carrying out Quantitative Research"Additional chapters on experimental research, correlational and causal-comparative research, survey research, and evaluation research.
“A simple and approachable introduction to important concepts without the confusing antidotes. A helpful read before attempting to take a research or statistics class for the first time.” - Dr. Scott Love, Academic Coordinator of DPT Clinical Education, University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences
“A unique and valuable framework for helping students in accelerated degree programs understand basic methodological concepts, manage time, and facilitate the successful completion of a thesis.” - Dr. Carla Basinait-Smith, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University
*Exercises and activities in every chapter.
*Checklists, guidelines, and templates that enable busy educators to self-assess the progress and quality of their studies.
*Example boxes illustrating the components of an action research report.
*Summary tables highlighting key aspects of different research strategies.
*Chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading.
Using step-by-step methods and both examples and applications common to safety professionals, including loss control consultants and occupational health nurses, this new edition makes understanding the "math" side of the job easier. Readers will learn how to apply appropriate statistical procedures to commonly encountered situations, how to perform each statistical test, how to executive inferential statistics for parametric and non-parametric procedures, and how to use descriptive statistical concepts to summarize data.
The author ends each chapter with a chapter summary and review exercises. He also includes extensive illustrations, easy-to-read charts and tables, a glossary of statistical terms, a comprehensive index, solutions to sample problems, and five appendices containing statistical tables with their appropriate uses. This third edition provides new examples and numerous updates.
The author’s accessible discussion of each misconception has five parts:The Misconception - a brief description of the misunderstanding Evidence that the Misconception Exists – examples and claimed prevalence Why the Misconception is Dangerous – consequence of having the misunderstanding Undoing the Misconception - how to think correctly about the concept Internet Assignment - an interactive activity to help readers gain a firm grasp of the statistical concept and overcome the misconception.
The book's statistical misconceptions are grouped into 12 chapters that match the topics typically taught in introductory/intermediate courses. However, each of the 52 discussions is self-contained, thus allowing the misconceptions to be covered in any order without confusing the reader. Organized and presented in this manner, the book is an ideal supplement for any standard textbook.
Statistical Misconceptions is appropriate for courses taught in a variety of disciplines including psychology, medicine, education, nursing, business, and the social sciences. The book also will benefit independent researchers interested in undoing their statistical misconceptions.
The book introduces educational students and practitioners to the use of statistics in education. Basic concepts in statistics are explained in a clear language. Examples taken from the field of education are presented to illustrate the various concepts, terms, and statistical tests that are discussed in the book. The use of formulas and equations is minimal and is only used to explain certain points; therefore, the book users are not required to do any computations. The topics of testing and test score interpretation, reliability, and validity are included in the book to help educators understand these topics that are essential for practitioners in education. Chapter previews and summaries and a glossary of the main terms and concepts help readers navigate the book and focus on the most important points. Exercises and activities at the end of the chapters allow readers to apply their newly-acquired knowledge.