Research Methods in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
Donna M Mertens not only covers two standard paradigms (postpositivist and interpretive/constructivist) but also explores the new emancipatory paradigm that is inclusive of the perspectives of feminists, ethnic/racial minorities and persons with disabilities.
In each chapter, Donna M Mertens carefully explains a step of the research process through the literature review, research method and analysis to reporting the research. Each chapter opens with examples and lists of topics to consider; contains sample studies to illustrate key ideas; has sequence steps to guide one through the research process; and has a question and answer section to elicit further reflection on the material covered.
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In practice , however , the validity of an instrument is assessed in relation to the extent to which evidence can be generated that supports the claim that the instrument measures attributes targeted in the proposed research .
Sources of Evidence for Construct Validity The principal method of establishing validity involves “ the appraisal of theoretically expected patterns of relationships among item scores or between test scores and other measures ...
As a researcher , you should be aware of a number of variables that can constrict the value of a predictive validity coefficient . In most complex human behaviors , a variety of variables influence performance .
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Critical Analysis of Literature Reviews
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