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Understanding Quantitative and Qualitative Research in Psychology

A Practical Guide to Methods, Statistics, and Analysis

Victoria Bourne, Alana I. James, and Kevin Wilson-Smith

June 2021

ISBN: 9780198823049

704 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £34.99

The most hands-on, accessible, and approachable guide to the entire research process, which fully explores both quantitative and qualitative methods to give students the knowledge and confidence they need to successfully carry out their own research.

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The most hands-on, accessible, and approachable guide to the entire research process, which fully explores both quantitative and qualitative methods to give students the knowledge and confidence they need to successfully carry out their own research.

  • The only text to combine comprehensive coverage of methods and statistics using SPSS with coverage of the most commonly taught qualitative research methods.
  • Covers the entire research process from formulating a research question through to collecting data, analysing datasets statistically with SPSS or qualitatively with a range of approaches, and finally presenting and thinking critically about research findings.
  • Introduces essential coverage of the replication crisis and the open science movement in both the qualitative and quantitative sections.
  • Maintains a practical focus throughout and provides a wealth of opportunities for students to apply what they have learned across the range of methods and techniques.
  • Research examples are drawn from across the core areas of the British Psychological Society standards for the accreditation of undergraduate programmes in psychology.
  • Offers an excellent range of video support materials for both the qualitative and quantitative sections, including a range of videos on interview skills and SPSS screencasts for all relevant chapters.
  • Online resources include example data to support both the qualitative and quantitative sections of the book.
  • Also available as an e-book enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support.

About the Author(s)

Victoria Bourne, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Alana I. James, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, and Kevin Wilson-Smith, Formerly of the School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Victoria Bourne is Professor (Teaching Focussed) at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has taught research methodology and statistical analysis at all levels from first year undergraduate students through to advanced postdoctoral researchers. At Royal Holloway she is Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Psychology and she coordinates and teaches on the first and second year undergraduate research modules. Professor Bourne is the author of Starting Out in Methods and Statistics for Psychology, published by OUP in 2017.

Alana James is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading. She has taught qualitative and quantitative research methods in psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and runs training in the use of interviews and focus groups for education professionals. At Reading Dr James is a School Director of Teaching and Learning, and in 2019 she won the Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year Award, run by Oxford University Press and the British Psychological Society Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology (BPS DART-P).

Kevin Wilson-Smith was formerly a senior academic in the school of Psychology at the University of Glasgow (thematic lead for qualitative methods), and is currently an NHS Consultant Scientist at Public Health Scotland. He has taught both quantitative and qualitative methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and also specialises in Military Psychology. He has served as Vice Chair of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology (BPS DART-P), and is also a committee member of the BPS Research Board.

Table of Contents

    Designing psychological research
    1:The basics of research design
    2:Questionnaire design
    3:Analysing data for psychological research
    4:Introducing SPSS
    Experimental approaches in psychological research
    5:Experimental design
    6:t tests
    7:One-way independent measures ANOVA
    8:One-way repeated measures ANOVA
    9:ANCOVA
    10:Two-way factorial independent ANOVA
    11:Two-way factorial repeated ANOVA
    12:Two-way factorial mixed design ANOVA
    13:Presenting experimental studies
    Correlational approaches in psychological research
    14:Correlational design
    15:Correlations
    16:Multiple regression
    17:Hierarchical regression
    18:Logistic regression
    19:Factor analysis
    20:Presenting correlational studies
    Qualitative approaches in psychological research
    21:Qualitative design
    22:Designing interviews and focus groups
    23:Content analysis and thematic analysis
    24:Grounded theory
    25:Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
    26:Discourse analysis, Samuel Fairlamb
    27:Presenting qualitative studies
    Next steps in psychological research
    28:How do I decide what to do with my data?
    29:Mixed methods
    30:Broadening your research horizons

Reviews

"Feels like having a friend at your side guiding you through the process!" - Dr Maxine Woolhouse, Leeds Beckett University

"Brilliant when it comes to using everyday language to explain complicated topics in such a simple way...The authors are masters of this subject, but they are relating to the students and explaining things on a level which students can easily follow and understand." - Kerem Soylemez, Regent's University London

"The authors understand what it's like to be new to learning about research methods and statistics in Psychology. They never talk down to the reader and their enthusiasm is evident." - Dr Sandra O'Brien, University of Limerick

"Easy to read, engaging with lots of diagrams and screenshots... A useful book that covers everything we want our students to learn." - Dr Saima Noreen, De Montfort University

"I can't think of a book that covers both quantitative and qualitative techniques and research methods to the same level as this book does." - Dr Fraser Milton, University of Exeter

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Understanding Quantitative and Qualitative Research in Psychology is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access, along with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to provide additional learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks


The online resources include:

For Students:
- Videos
- Flashcards
- SPSS datasets
- Audio files
- Transcriptions
- Initial codes
- Memo template
- SPSS output files
- Answers to study questions
- Web references
- An example qualitative study
For Lecturers:
- Customisable PowerPoint presentations
- Image bank
- Test bank
- Additional worksheets
- Answer sheets
- Additional datasets
- Additional outputs