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An accessible, no-tears introduction to research methods and stats in Psychology.,
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This review is from: Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (Paperback)
Psychology students are too often terrified of the more rigorous elements in their discipline: the business of design, measurement, assessment, statistical testing and interpretation.
Hugh Coolican's work is pitched at precisely the right level: Not so basic as to be patronising, not so elevated as to be impenetrable. His language is splendid: he presents rigorous concepts clearly yet light-heartedly, holds the reader's hand from first principles and rationales for the various approaches, methods and techniques involved in good research to the use of SPSS (command by command) and the interpretation of outcomes. Refreshingly, his section on qualitative and mixed methods is strong and very rationally assessed, an element that is too often missing from other books on research methods.
Along the way students have an opportunity to check their own understanding through intelligently organised and presented self-test questions.
As a Psychology teacher as well as postgraduate student I can recommend this book without any reservation at all; it belongs in every serious Psychology student's bookcase.