Based on the textbook Research methods in applied settings / Jeffrey A. Gliner and George A. Morgan. 2000.
Framework and sample studies -- Definition, purposes, and dimensions of research -- A tale of two paradigms: quantitative and qualitative -- Ethical problems and principles in human research -- Ethical issues related to publishing and reviewing -- Research problems and variables -- Measurement and descriptive statistics -- Measurement reliability -- Measurement validity -- Data collection techniques -- Quantitative research approaches -- Research question and hypotheses -- Quasi-experimental designs -- Randomized experimental designs -- Single-subject designs -- General design classifications -- Internal validity -- Sampling and population external validity -- Evaluating the validity of a research study -- Introduction to inferential statistics and hypothesis testing -- Problems with null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) -- Using effect sizes and confidence intervals to interpret the results of a statistical test -- Selection of inferential statistics -- Single-factor between-groups designs -- Single-factor repeated-measures designs -- Basic associational designs -- The chi-square test and accompanying effect size indices -- Between-groups factorial designs -- Pretest-posttest comparison group designs -- Use and interpretation of multiple regression -- Logistic regression and discriminant analysis -- Selection and use of inferential statistics -- Interpretation of alpha, factor analysis, and principal components analysis -- Levels of evidence for evidence-based practice -- Meta-analysis -- Effect sizes and clinical significance -- Framework for a comprehensive evaluation of the research validity of a study -- Evaluations of four sample articles -- Appendix A. Research validity evaluation form -- Appendix B. Completed research validity evaluation form -- Appendix C. Comparative numerical evaluations of the four sample studies -- Appendix D. Confusing terms.