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1. Experiments and Generalized Causal Inference 2. Statistical Conclusion Validity and Internal Validity 3. Construct Validity and External Validity 4. Quasi-Experimental Designs That Either Lack a Control Group or Lack Pretest Observations on the Outcome 5. Quasi-Experimental Designs That Use Both Control Groups and Pretests 6. Quasi-Experimentation: Interrupted Time Series Designs 7. Regression Discontinuity Designs 8. Randomized Experiments: Rationale, Designs, and Conditions Conducive to Doing Them 9. Practical Problems 1: Ethics, Participant Recruitment, and Random Assignment 10. Practical Problems 2: Treatment Implementation and Attrition 11. Generalized Causal Inference: A Grounded Theory 12. Generalized Causal Inference: Methods for Single Studies 13. Generalized Causal Inference: Methods for Multiple Studies 14. A Critical Assessment of Our Assumptions

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Not an introductory textbook 25 Oct 2010
By Joseph A. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to emphasize something that I think explains the very mixed reviews of this book--that it's NOT an introduction to experimental research. This book is the successor to Campbell and Stanley's Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research and Cook and Campbell's Quasi-Experimentation, both pathbreaking works in this field. It is by far the most sophisticated and thoughtful analysis of the experimental approach to social research, and explores in depth some issues (such as causation) that other books only touch on. Donald Campbell was the major figure in the development of this approach, and this book continues the tradition he began, significantly expanding and revising his arguments. I can understand the frustration of students who are assigned this book in an introductory course, but every researcher who plans on actually doing experimental research in the social sciences (not psychology) needs this book--particularly the last chapter, "A Critical Assessment of Our Assumptions."
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for doctoral students 6 Feb 2007
By V. Vasireddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a doctoral student in public health and recommend this book to my fellow doctoral students out there. It is a thorough and comprehensive text on research methods. I have gone through quite a few texts with similar titles and this stands out as the best.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Appreciate the soundness, wish the language and sentence structure was more approachable 14 April 2013
By usererrr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I appreciate this is a formative text. My instructor held it almost biblical in nature. I do wish, however, it was more approachable in it's language. At 600 something pages, it amazes me that textbook authors would rather exercise their mastery of language and slow reading explanations (which leave many students exchanging time for skimmed chapters) than make their work approachable.

Make the language plainer. Make the book more scannable. Call out examples. Call out explanations or re-explanations of ideas. Make this 600 pager read like a 400 pager and get alot more students into the knowledge they need!
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Must-have for anyone interested in expertimental design. 2 Feb 2003
By Winemaiden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is comprehensive and incredibly useful. Anyone who is interested in designing or interpreting an experiment or a quasi-experiment in the social and behavioral sciences would benefit greatly by reading it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best social science research design textbook 24 April 2012
By Joel E. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is THE resource for those who are serious about research design. As another reviewer said, it is NOT an introductory textbook on research. This book requires mature, graduate-level thinking and comprehension. Those who give it low ratings appear to be people who do not want to do research as a career, do not take research seriously, or simply want an easy, watered-down resource for whatever reason. Cook, Campbell (and now Shaddish) are revolutionaries of social science research design. There is no better, or more comprehensive, textbook available for serious grad students and future applied researchers.
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