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Doing Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences
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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH DESIGN
The Nature of Enquiry
Beginning the Design Process
Initial Sources of Invalidity and Confounding
Basic Designs
Identifying Populations and Samples
Additional Sources of Confounding by the Measurement Process and Interactions
Refining the Designs
PART TWO: MEASUREMENT DESIGN
Principles of Measurement and Collecting Factual Data
Measuring Attitudes, Opinions and Views
Measuring Achievement
Evaluating Data Quality
Determining Instrument Reliability and Validity
PART THREE: TURNING DATA INTO INFORMATION USING STATISTICS
Descriptive Statistics Using a Spreadsheet
Probability and Statistical Significance
Power, Errors and Choosing a
PART FOUR: EX POST FACTO, EXPERIMENTAL AND QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS: PARAMETRIC TESTS
Comparing Two Groups
t-Test
One-Way Analysis of Variance
Factorial Designs
Randomized Block Designs and Analysis of Covariance
PART FIVE: NONPARAMETRIC TESTS: NOMINAL AND ORDINAL VARIABLES
Nonparametric Tests
One and Two Samples
Nonparametric Tests
Multiple and Related Samples
PART SIX: DESCRIBING NON-CAUSAL RELATIONSHIPS
Correlation and Association
Regression

About the Author

Thomas R Black teaches research methods and statistics in the School of Educational Studies, University of Surrey and is also author of the best-selling Doing Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

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`There is much that is excellent about this book. If all educational researchers had studied it thoroughly, especially the sections on research design, representative samples and confounding variables, then there might be less publication of sweeping statements based on insufficient evidence′ - British Educational Research Journal

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