Understanding Research: A Consumer's Guide

Understanding Research: A Consumer's Guide

Vicki L. Plano Clark

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 0131583891

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Understanding Research: A Consumer's Guide

Vicki L. Plano Clark

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 0131583891

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Understanding Research: a Consumer's Guide is the first text that places its focus squarely on the needs of the research consumer.  This exciting new text helps develop in readers the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to read and interpret research reports and to evaluate the quality of such reports. Users rave about the easy to use and easy to understand format that makes this text perfect for anyone.

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judged and ultimately began to rely only on themselves to bring about change. (35) (36) “I Can’t Really Feel Safe”: Negotiating Dangerous Terrain Several of the participants discussed the desire to have a place for themselves that was safe and comfortable, a place they could call “home.” The living circumstances for the homeless youth in this research varied but included couch surfing, staying in shelters, and sleeping in parks, stairwells, or abandoned cars. Residing in public spaces often

to know what could be done; we want to know what the particular study we are reading actually intended to do. Recall that conducting research consists of the researcher asking a question, collecting information, and analyzing the information to answer the question. Researchers indicate the question they are asking by specifying the purpose for their research in their study reports. You need to locate the statements that convey a study’s purpose to learn what a researcher wants to accomplish. By

achievement. In the other site, the intervention was not more effective. Contextual factors and student characteristics appeared to affect the results. C H A P T E R O N E / The Process of Research: Learning How Research Is Conducted and Reported 7 Check Your Understanding From this abstract, we can conclude that this article does report a research study. The author did not use the word study, but she notes that she “examined” an issue. We also have direct evidence that the author collected

respectively. Demographic inventory was used to collect the participants’ information regarding gender, age, total years of teaching, current assignment, and location of school (urban, suburban, or rural). Data analysis (08) The researcher uses statistical analyses to describe trends, relate variables, and compare groups in quantitative research. (09) The SPSS Version 13.0 for Windows software package and SAS Version 9.1 were used for statistical analysis. Descriptive statistical analysis was

and embedded mixed methods research designs; and practical and participatory action research designs. Includes Extensive Examples and Practice Activities to Engage Students with the Content Learning to understand research reports is not easy. For most students, research reports represent new vocabulary, new concepts, and new ways of thinking critically about unfamiliar information. This book incorporates many features to help students engage directly with the content so that they can better

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