This is an ideal text for advanced courses in research methods and experimental design. It argues that the methodology of quantitative research is a unified discipline with basic notions, procedures and ways of reasoning which can be applied across the social, behavioural and life sciences. Key designs, models and methods in research are covered by leading contributors in their field who seek to explain the fundamentals of the research process to enable the student to understand the broader implications and unifying themes.

Graphical Representation of Methodological Concepts

What may be the reason for representing methodological concepts in a formal way? It is not difficult to think of situations in which a reliable and easy-to-use formal representation could be beneficial. For instance, since Planning largely determines the research design and thus the data analysis and the interpretation of the results, an unambiguous representation of the research plan could help to avoid design flaws.

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