Methods in Psychological Research introduces students to the rich world of research in psychology through student-friendly writing, compelling real-world examples, and frequent opportunities for practice. Using a relaxed yet supportive tone that eases student anxiety, the authors present a mixture of conceptual and practical discussions, and spark reader interest in research by covering meaningful topics that resonate with today’s students. In-text features like Conceptual Exercises, FYI sections, and FAQ sections with accompanying visual cues support learning throughout the research experience. The Fourth Edition equips students with the tools they need to understand research concepts, conduct their own experiments, and present their findings.

Program Evaluation, Archival Research, and Meta-Analytic Designs

Program Evaluation, Archival Research, and Meta-Analytic Designs


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After studying this chapter, students should be able to

  • Describe the purposes of program evaluation and discuss why a needs analysis is so important
  • Explain how archival research differs from other types of research and describe how to collect archival information
  • Describe meta-analysis and explain how it differs from a literature review

Sometimes, writers of textbooks discover that they want to include material that is important but does not seem to fit nicely within the structure of the text. That is the case here. We think it is important for students taking research methods courses to know something about program evaluation, archival research, and meta-analysis, but please be aware that our coverage of these topics here is somewhat brief.

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