- Paperback: 714 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (27 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340983442
- ISBN-13: 978-0340983447
- Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3.3 x 18.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology Paperback – 27 Mar 2009
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"This is an excellent book. It covers the topic well but in simple language. I am going to recommend it to all of my students." - Abbygail Shrubb, Lecturer, University Centre at Blackburn College, UK
About the Author
Hugh Coolican is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Coventry, a Chartered Psychologist and external examiner at The Open University and Staffordshire University.
Top Customer Reviews
The style of the writing is very accessible and would be great for anyone who didn't really get on with maths or stats at school. But equally, it doesn't patronise those of us who are comfortable with the numbers.
Book covers many areas of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and also gives coding for using SPSS.
However, I figured out after working my way through the course that the text is actually pretty good: it covers several statistical tests that other texts skip. Tests detailed include: binomial sign test, Chi-square, Wilcoxon matched pairs signed ranks, Mann-Whitney U, Wilcoxon rank sum, t test, Pearson's correlation, Spearman's rho, regression (including multiple), Kruskal-Wallis, Jonkheere trend, Friedman, Page trend, ANOVA (one-way, two-way, more-than-two-way, unrelated and related), MANOVA, ANCOVA. It also covers the design of experiments in detail. And the author really does make an effort to explain everything fully, for readers who have neither a statistical background nor even a strong maths background. It serves as a really good reference, even if reading it is a bit painful.
In short, I doubt this is the best statistics book out there, but it is the best statistics reference book I've seen yet. So I would recommend it if you are starting from scratch. But if you are comfortable with maths or even basic statistics, I wouldn't bother this book, as I'm sure you'll find it as irritating to read as I did.
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.
In relation, there was too much repetition of key points, and too many examples of those points. I would often understand a point in the first sentence, which is a credit to Coolican's explanatory style, but 3 paragraphs and two example-boxes later I am still reading the same thing and thinking "Alright! i get it already!". Not being concise enough was a big downfall here, as it is in many books, which could be attributed to authors thinking more of the page-count than the readers time.
However, the ease of reading and the "sympathetic" style made it possible to grasp the key points without going back and reading them again.
I don't appreciate doing the exercises at the end of the chapters, only to come to the answers and read "there is no answer to this question", which just means the author couldn't be bothered with one. If you think it's a worthy question, then you must be able to produce a worthy answer, even if it's one possible answer from many, or a general or ambigious one.
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This book has most of what you will need to get through undergraduate psychology. Good explanations and easy to follow content. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David
Perfect! Wish I used it for my first year of my psychology degree! It's so easy to understand the concepts and what things mean!Published 9 months ago by Hannah
Was very useful for when I was doing my course at uni. It was one of the recommended books.Published 10 months ago by Denise Connolly
I don't care what book your psych course told you to buy, this WILL make you understand even the complex methods!Published 11 months ago by Mellissa W.
Got this for my son who's in his first year of uni he was very grateful as it saves his money !! He says he will use it through out his 3 year coursePublished 17 months ago by mrs Linda Cox
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