11th Edition

Understanding Research Methods An Overview of the Essentials

By Michelle Newhart, Mildred L. Patten Copyright 2023
    528 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    528 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the eleventh edition of Understanding Research Methods: An Overview of the Essentials, Newhart and Patten leverage the principles of learning and content design to present the fundamentals students need to get started in research. Basics of quantitative and qualitative research are covered in short, independent topics and grouped into meaningful sections.

    A perennial bestseller for over ten editions, Understanding Research Methods focuses concisely on key concepts, and lessons in topics that are "chunked" to suit today’s students. Each topic ends with suggestions for planning a research project by answering topic-specific prompts in a research planning journal. Topic Review exercises encourage active learning. Finally, Topics for Discussion suggest open-ended prompts that could serve as conversation starters in the classroom or online. The final Part of the book offers guidance and activities specific to writing a research report. This section can be used to support the development of project-based assignments for courses, or it can be used independently to support senior thesis projects, master’s theses, dissertations, or articles for publication.

    Instructors, will appreciate the organization of Understanding Research Methods because it allows a great deal of customization and choice in which topics to cover and in what order to cover them, making it suitable for methodological training in a variety of courses and fields of study. Online digital materials support course development.

    New to this edition:

    • Part introductions now include a part table of contents and list of keywords
    • Newly expanded coverage of qualitative research
    • New coverage on designing quantitative research
    • Expanded material on sampling
    • More simple graphs, charts, and illustrations emphasize and visualize Topic key points

    1. Introduction to Research Methods  2. Reading, Reviewing, and Citing Literature  3. Basic Concepts in Quantitative Research  4. Designing Quantitative Research  5. Assessing Research Quality: Validity and Reliability  6. Sampling for Quantitative Research  7. Analyzing Quantitative Data  8. Qualitative Research  9. Writing About Research


    Michelle Newhart works as an expert course designer and applied researcher in her role as an instructional designer at a large two-year college in southern California. An award-winning writer in medical sociology, Dr. Newhart has contributed to more than a dozen nonfiction books, chapters, and articles. She also teaches sociology part-time at multiple colleges in southern California.

    "Newhart and Patten have created an essential and accessible book for undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to develop their research skills and understanding." -- Dr Marc Turu Porcel, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    "This text provides a practical overview of research methods that is appropriate for a graduate or an upper-division undergraduate course in research methods. Using engaging examples, this text helps students recognize the application of research to their own lives." -- Dr Melody Whiddon-Willoughby, Florida International University, USA

    "This book provides an excellent introduction to research methods for students and early career practitioners, as well as a handy, yet comprehensive reference for people with more experience in the field. It has served as the backbone for many of my research methods courses." -- Ximena Uribe-Zarain, Missouri State University, USA

    "The research process is finally presented to both students and tutors alike in this book, in highly accessible language cutting through traditionally used scholarly vernacular, bestowing a long awaited and much needed clarity." -- Anya Higgins, Solent University, UK

    "This is an extremely comprehensive textbook that students will find rigorous and relevant. It covers all fundamental topics in research methods and makes extensive use of visual illustrations. This makes the book exciting to read." -- Augustine Acheampong, Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Ghana