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Research Methodologies of School Psychology

Critical Skills, 1st Edition

By Ryan J. Kettler


248 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Research Methodologies of School Psychology is a comprehensive, actionable resource that offers graduate students and school psychologists the knowledge and skills to apply key scientific techniques in practice.

A volume in the Foundations of School Psychology Research and Practice Series, this book directly addresses the need for definitive resources on mastering research methodologies in the field. Covering topics such as development and evaluation of measures, application of various designs, and drawing inferences from data, Ryan J. Kettler provides rigorous yet accessible methodological guidance. Each chapter includes illustrative examples, summaries of essential learnings, and reflective concluding questions.

Using these engaging and invaluable strategies, graduate students and school psychologists will be effectively prepared to apply the scientific method in their own professional contexts.


"Research Methodologies of School Psychology offers a comprehensive resource for conceptualizing and implementing research in schools and school-related settings. Kettler eloquently describes the research-to-practice paradigm through eleven chapters nested in four areas: scientific history, measurement, research design, and inferences from research data. The book includes valuable and easy-to-access strategies, guides, and questions. This is a must-read volume for graduate students, practitioners, and trainers. I highly recommend it!" Linda A. Reddy, Professor, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers University, USA

"This is a wonderful resource for both graduate students in school psychology and school-based practitioners seeking to engage in applied research or become well-informed consumers of research literature. It provides a useful framework for conceptualizing research questions, and generating and testing hypotheses. Full of descriptions and exemplars of the applications of various research methodologies, the book is a practical roadmap for those engaging in the research process, including the interpretation and dissemination of research findings." Robert J. Volpe, Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, USA

Table of Contents

Section 1. Research, Evaluation, and Our Field 1. School Psychology and the Scientific Method 2. Literature Review, Questions, and Hypotheses* Section 2. Science Begins with Measurement 3. Developing Measures 4. The Reliability of Scores and the Validity of Inferences Section 3. Research Designs in School Psychology 5. Randomized Control Trials and Quasi-Experimental Designs in School Psychology 6. Correlational and Causal Comparative Designs in School Psychology 7. Survey Designs in School Psychology* 8. Single-Case Research Designs in School Psychology* Section 4. Drawing Inferences from Data 9. Statistics, Samples, and Populations 10. Research-Related Tasks: Developing Technical Writing Skills* 11. Moving Forward: Conducting Research in a Practicing Profession * Chapters 2, 7, 8, and 10 were authored by Kathleen Lynne Lane and Ryan J. Kettler

About the Author

Ryan J. Kettler is Associate Professor in the Department of School Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, USA

About the Series

Foundations of School Psychology Research and Practice

Competent school psychologists function simultaneously as scientists, scholars, and practitioners. Therefore, they need a foundation of evidence-based practices to inform their services to educators, parents, students, and others. The Foundations of School Psychology Research and Practice Series offers school psychologists the context and skills they need to be effective in both research and practice, integrating in-depth and up-to-date coverage of important theories, methodologies, applications, approaches, and issues across a variety of topics. These books are intended for trainers seeking comprehensive course readings, researchers looking to examine concepts from school psychology-specific perspectives, and practitioners ready to build on and apply their knowledge and preparation.

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