To become informed consumers of research, students need to thoughtfully evaluate the research they read rather than accept it without question. This classic textbook, Critical Thinking About Research: Psychology and Related Fields, 2nd edition (PDF) gives college students what they need to apply critical reasoning when reading behavioral science research. It updates the original textbook with recent developments in research methods, including a new chapter on meta-analyses.
This 2nd edition of a classic textbook gives students what they need to apply critical reasoning when reading behavioral science research. It begins with a thorough overview of the research process, focusing on how to assess whether the conclusions drawn in a behavioral science report are warranted by the methods used in the research. The ebook then provides fictional research articles with built-in flaws so readers can practice their critical thinking skills.
Part 1 gives a thorough overview of the steps in a research project. It focuses on how to assess whether the conclusions drawn in a behavioral science report are warranted by the methods used in the research. Topics include research hypotheses, experimental design, sampling, interpretation of results, data analysis, and ethics.
Part 2 of Critical Thinking About Research 2nd edition allows readers to practice critical thinking with a series of fictitious journal articles containing built-in flaws in method and interpretation. Clever and engaging, each article is accompanied by a commentary that points out the errors of procedure and logic that have been deliberately embedded in the article. This combination of practical application and instruction will promote active learning and critical thinking in college students studying the behavioral sciences.