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Research Methodologies of School Psychology

Critical Skills, 1st Edition

By Ryan J. Kettler


224 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

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

The practice of school psychology is grounded in a scientist-scholar-practitioner model in which evidence-based practices serve as the foundation for services to educators, parents, school-aged children, and others. Thus, competent school psychologists function simultaneously as scientists, scholars, and practitioners, and thereby need the necessary skills to be effective in research and practice domains. However, trainers often have to utilize a piecemeal approach to assembling course readings. Researchers often struggle to identify resources that examine concepts from a specifically school psychology perspective (thus limiting the potential applications of research to applied settings). And practitioners often can’t find the types of professional texts they need to compliment their sometimes – due to the variety of training programs available – limited knowledge on certain topics. The Foundations of School Psychology Research and Practice Series is designed to fill this niche, providing not only information on both research and practice, but also in-depth and up-to-date coverage of theories, methodologies, applications, approaches, and issues in each area of importance.

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