Introduction to Research, Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies, 4th Edition

Introduction to Research

4th Edition Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies

By Elizabeth DePoy, PhD, OTR, MSW, University of Maine, Orono, ME and Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Part I: Introduction

1. Research as an important way of knowing

2. Essentials of research

Part II: Thinking Processes

3. Philosophical foundations

4. Framing the problem

5. Developing a knowledge base through review of the literature

6. Theory in research

7. Formulating research questions and queries

8. Language and thinking processes

Part III: Design approaches

9. Experimental-type designs

10. Naturalistic inquiry designs

Part IV: Action processes

11. Setting the boundaries of a study

12. Protecting the boundaries

13. Boundary setting in experimental-type designs

14. Boundary setting in naturalistic designs

15. Collecting information

16. Measurement in experimental-type research

17. Gathering information in naturalistic inquiry

18. Preparing and organizing data

19. Statistical analysis for experimental-type research

20. Analysis in naturalistic inquiry

21. Sharing research knowledge before the study

22. Sharing research knowledge during and after the study

Part V: Improving practice through inquiry

23. Case study designs

24. Reciprocal role of research & practice

25. Stories from the field

Appendix: Informed consent documents

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