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Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs

Book Description


Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs offers students and professionals in the field an authoritative and accessible guide to help navigate research in student affairs. This comprehensive resource on research methods instruction clearly shows how to interpret the various forms of research, how to be critical as a research consumer, and how to use research to inform practice.

Author J. Patrick Biddix—a noted scholar and expert in the field—presents a detailed overview of three qualitative-focused and four quantitative-focused research methods. The text reviews the basics of these qualitative and quantitative approaches and explores how to differentiate the major types of research as well as how to understand, read, evaluate, and apply results. Biddix also includes important information on using mixed methods approaches.

The user-friendly text includes insights on key issues, as well as descriptions of the individual sections that comprise research studies. Also included is an overview of ethical considerations that apply specifically to student affairs.

Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs is an essential guide for enhancing research methods' skills, and offers direction for applying those skills in actual work situations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. About the Author
  8. About this Book
    1. Purpose
    2. Rationale
    3. Structure of the Book
    4. Chapter Outline
    5. Features of the Book
    6. Additional Support
    7. References
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Chapter One: Studying Research
    1. Understanding Research
    2. Studying Research
    3. Defining Research
    4. Recognizing the Purposes of Student Affairs Research
    5. Differentiating Research and Assessment
    6. Identifying Research Competencies and Skills
    7. Relating Competencies and Skills to Practice
    8. Building Your Research Skillset
    9. References
  11. Chapter Two: Reading Research
    1. Identifying Research
    2. Sources of Published Research
    3. Finding Published Research
    4. Reading Research
    5. Building Your Research Skillset
    6. References
  12. Chapter Three: Framing Research
    1. Research Methodology
    2. Research Design
    3. Research Methods
    4. Research Perspective > Type > Design > Method
    5. Building Your Research Skillset
    6. References
  13. Chapter Four: Considering Ethics
    1. Understanding Ethics in Research
    2. Ethics in Qualitative Research
    3. Ethics in Quantitative Research
    4. Ethics in Mixed Methods
    5. Ethical Considerations for Student Affairs
    6. Building Your Research Skillset
    7. References
  14. Chapter Five: Learning Qualitative Research
    1. Understanding Qualitative Research
    2. Overview of Qualitative Research
    3. Essential Concepts in Qualitative Methods
    4. Building Your Qualitative Research Skillset
    5. References
  15. Chapter Six: Reviewing Documents
    1. Understanding Document Review Research
    2. Main Types of Review Methods
    3. Reading Document Review Research
    4. Evaluating Document Review Research
    5. Applying Document Review Research
    6. Building Your Document Review Skillset
    7. References
  16. Chapter Seven: Observing People and Places
    1. Understanding Observation Methods
    2. Reading Observation Methods
    3. Evaluating Observation Research
    4. Applying Observation Research
    5. Building Your Review Skillset
    6. References
  17. Chapter Eight: Interviewing Individuals and Groups
    1. Understanding Interview Research
    2. Associated Designs
    3. Reading Interview Research
    4. Evaluating Interview Research
    5. Applying Interview Research
    6. Building Your Interview Skillset
    7. References
  18. Chapter Nine: Learning Quantitative Research
    1. Understanding Quantitative Research
    2. Overview of Quantitative Research
    3. Essential Concepts in Quantitative Methods
    4. Building Your Quantitative Research Skillset
    5. References
  19. Chapter Ten: Describing Trends
    1. Understanding Descriptive Statistics
    2. Reading Descriptive Statistics
    3. Evaluating Descriptive Statistics
    4. Applying Descriptive Statistics
    5. Building Your Descriptive Statistics Skillset
    6. References
  20. Chapter Eleven: Testing Differences
    1. Understanding Difference Statistics
    2. Variations of Difference Statistics
    3. Reading Difference Statistics
    4. Difference Statistics in Tables
    5. Evaluating Difference Statistics
    6. Applying Difference Statistics
    7. Building Your Difference Statistics Skillset
    8. References
  21. Chapter Twelve: Assessing Relationships
    1. Understanding Relationship Statistics
    2. Reading Relationship Statistics
    3. Evaluating Relationship Statistics
    4. Applying Relationship Statistics
    5. Building Your Relationship Methods Skillset
    6. References
  22. Chapter Thirteen: Making Predictions
    1. Understanding Prediction Statistics
    2. Reading Prediction Statistics
    3. Evaluating Prediction Statistics
    4. Applying Prediction Statistics
    5. Building Your Prediction Methods Skillset
    6. References
  23. Chapter Fourteen: Exploring Mixed Methods
    1. Understanding Mixed Methods
    2. Overview of Mixed Methods
    3. Essential Concepts in Mixed Methods
    4. Building Your Mixed Methods Research Skillset
    5. References
  24. Glossary
  25. Index
  26. End User License Agreement