Research Design Fall 2007
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All the handouts and powerpoint presentations during class will be posted below. Also, click on the "Research Tools" section in the left-hand sidebar which will take you to pages devoted to conducting research. See below about the Overview of the Research Process to see how the class material is broken down into a series of five successive operational phases from generating the idea to disseminating the idea. For all steps in the research process, there will be information about how to conduct research (for the practitioner) and how to evaluate research (for the research consumer).
- Basic Information: I am assuming no preexisting knowledge about Research Design, so we will be using the textbook as the way to impart the “basic” information you need to know to get you up-to-speed on Research Design.
- Essential Information: During class I will then be providing more detailed information culled from the larger body of knowledge about Research Design so that you will be able to confidently conduct your own independent research after the course is over. See the previous section of Class Materials for the handouts and class powerpoints.
- Advanced Information: For each topic I will also be providing where to find the premier in-depth sources of information about that topic in case you want more advanced knowledge about a particular aspect of Research Design after the course is over.
- Generating Research Ideas
- (McGuire, W. J. 1997). Creative hypothesis generating in psychology: Some useful heuristics. Annual Review of Psychology, 48, 1-30. This is the premier source for learning how to generate research ideas because it covers a comprehensive range of established and novel ways to identify/discover research ideas.
- Special Issue of "Personality and Social Psychology Review" on Theory Construction, 2004, Vol8, No.2. The entire issue is devoted to experienced researchers imparting their wisdom about the best/worst ways to develop theories and generate research ideas from theories.
- Reading and Evaluating Research
- How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, authored by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna. This link is a Word document reproducing an article first published in R. F. Baumeister (Ed.), The Self in Social Psychology (pp. 461-470). Philadelphia: Psychology Press. You can also find the text of the article online here
- Reviewing Scientific Works in Psychology, Edited by Sternberg. This book is a masterful example of experienced researchers passing-on their hard-won knowledge about the review process for journals, books, grants, etc., and at the same time providing concrete suggestions about to be a reviewer and evaluate other's works. I can't recommend enough this book to anyone who either evaluates researcher, or is a reviewer for journals/grants.
- Measuring Variables - Creating your own measures
- Scale Development: Theory and applications, Edited by DeVellis, Sage Publications, 1991. (Volume 26 of the Applied Social Research Methods Series). The book details how to create measures and how to statistically analyze the reliability and validity of the new measure.
- Generating Research Ideas
Overview of Research Process
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