Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Methods for Systematic Inquiry
Lauren K. Nelson, Jaimie L. Gilbert
Details: 279 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"
© 2021 | Available
Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Methods for Systematic Inquiry, Fourth Edition is a comprehensive yet comprehendible text meant for instructors and students of research methods in the field of communication sciences and disorders. This forward-thinking book reflects the movement toward evidence-based practice in speech-language pathology and audiology.
The authors ensure that the concepts associated with evidence-based practice are integrated throughout the chapters. Rather than treating empirical research and searching for clinical evidence as separate topics, this text presents both as different applications of a process of scientific inquiry. The order of the chapters reflects the steps a researcher or clinician might complete when conducting an investigation. Also included are features that help students be more active in learning the material. Each chapter has a set of review questions or case scenarios that can be used as homework, as probe questions in class, or as a basis for group activities. In addition, the authors provide lists of supplemental readings from the research literature in the field.
As with the previous edition, the fourth edition benefits instructors and students alike with access to a PluralPlus companion website. The website provides convenient lecture slides for each chapter and answers to review questions for instructors. For students, the website lists the key words for each chapter, provides links to supplemental websites and documents, and displays interactive versions of many of the figures within the text.
New to the Fourth Edition
- New author: Jaimie L. Gilbert for an enhanced audiology perspective
- New chapter: Writing a Literature Review
- Reorganized for better flow of information
- Various new and updated references to reflect the current state of research
- Additional illustrations and tables
- Expanded material on critical appraisal
"The book provides a comprehensive overview of research methods in communication sciences and disorders, including descriptive chapters on critical components of research, which equips students to read and critique research, prepare for the Praxis exam, as well as engage in writing a study. The fourth edition also includes a chapter on writing literature reviews. A strength of the book is the manner in which the content is clarified and explained by the authors, rather than merely stated. It is well organized with well-referenced chapters that provide summaries, review questions, specific learning activities, and research scenarios."
—Suzanne M Welty, MA, EdD-CCC, Biola University, in Doody's Book Reviews (January 2021)
Chapter 1. Empirical and Nonempirical Research: An Overview
Some Roles for Research
Types of Research
Getting Started with Research
Appendix 1–1. Tips for Reading a Research Article
Chapter 2. Ethical Considerations
Protection of Human Participants
Institutional Review Boards
Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
Credit for Intellectual Effort
Attribution of Ideas
Accuracy in Reporting Information
Confidentiality and Privacy
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Appendix 2–1. Research Scenario
Chapter 3. Identifying and Formulating Research Questions
Identifying Important Questions
Formulating Research Questions
Ways to Formulate a Research Problem
Evidence-Based Practice Questions
Criteria for Well-Formed Questions
Establishing Validity and Reliability
Chapter 4. Completing a Literature Search
Purposes of a Literature Search
Planning and Conducting a Search
Designing a Search Strategy
Organizing and Documenting Your Literature Search
Appendix 4–1. Electronic Literature Search
Chapter 5. Writing a Literature Review
Purposes of a Literature Review
Writing the Paper
Example of an Outline
Summary and Conclusions Section
Citations and References
Literature Review Checklist
Types of Literature Reviews
Chapter 6. Nonexperimental Research Design
Nonexperimental Research Designs
Correlation and Regression
Scientific Rigor in Qualitative Research
Appendix 6–1. Examples of Research Designs
Chapter 7. Experimental Research and Levels of Evidence
Experimental Research Designs
Pretest–Posttest Randomized Control Group Design
Solomon Randomized Four-Group Design
Switching Replications Design
Importance of Experimental Control
Nonequivalent Control Group Designs
Repeated Measures Group Design
Single-Subject Design Quality
Experimental Designs and Levels of Evidence
Appendix 7–1. Research Scenario
Chapter 8. Research Participants and Sampling
Populations and Samples
Simple Random Sampling
Stratified Random Sampling
Chapter 9. Data Analysis: Describing Different Types of Data
Levels of Measurement
Visual Representation of Data
Frequencies and Percentages
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Variability
Means as Estimates
Shapes of Distributions
Chapter 10. Data Analysis: Inferential Statistics
Measures of Association
Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient
Coefficient of Determination
Spearman Rank-Order Correlation
Chi-Square and Contingency Coefficient
Simple Regression and Multiple Regression
Testing for Differences Between Two Samples
Independent and Paired t-Tests
Sign Test and Wilcoxon Matched-Pairs Signed-Ranks Test
Testing for Differences among Three or More Samples
Statistical Analysis for Factorial Designs
Additional Tools for Analyzing Clinical Data
Caution in the Use and Reporting of Statistics
Appendix 10–1. Examples of Data Analysis Procedures
Chapter 11. Research Outcomes: Clinical Guidance, Research Reports
Knowledge Base for Evaluating Clinical Research
How Applicable Are the Findings
Reporting Research Findings
Components of a Research Report
Writing Guidelines and Writing Style
Disseminating Research Findings
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