Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach

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9780199931804: Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach

Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach, Second Edition, is a comprehensive and engaging guide to quantitative research. Drawing on their extensive research and teaching experience in the field of communication, authors Jason S. Wrench, Candice Thomas-Maddox, Virginia Peck Richmond, and James C. McCroskey encourage students to take an active, hands-on role in the learning process. After giving students the tools they need to locate, conduct, collect, and present their research, the text provides them with the opportunity to immediately apply these skills in research scenarios.

New to the Second Edition:

* Information on research ethics and the Institutional Review Board process
* A section on the different types of plagiarism
* Re-conducted statistical analyses that reflect the newly doubled dataset
* Integration of a combination of both proprietary (IBM's SPSS and Microsoft's Excel) and open source (PSPP and R) statistical software packages with screenshots throughout
* New appendix discussing the basics of using both PSPP and R for novices
* New journal, database, communication conference lists
* A combined chapter on variables and communication variables
* An updated section on the history of measurement that discusses how a single research measure can have multiple factors and the importance of a factor analysis in research
* A new chart showing the variety of different types of anchors that can be utilized for Likert Scales
* Updated content that reflects the Sixth Edition of the APA Style Manual
* New segment on working with research librarians
* Updated information to help students develop an understanding of the importance of p-values within statistical research
* More information on presenting research at conferences and conventions
* Updated references and bolded key terms throughout

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About the Author:


Jason S. Wrench is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication and Media at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Candice Thomas-Maddox is Professor of Communication Studies and Division Coordinator at Ohio University Lancaster.

Virginia Peck Richmond is Professor of the Communication Studies Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Professor of Communication Studies (Emerita) at West Virginia University.

James C. McCroskey is Scholar in Residence in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Professor of Communication Studies (Emeritus) at West Virginia University.

Review:


"Quantitative Research Methods for Communication not only covers an extensive range of quantitative research methods but also provides students with deeper knowledge of and hands-on approach to empirical research. This book functions as a very practical and useful guideline in my research methods class."
- Seung-A Jin, Boston College


"The strength of using this book is in its organization. If you are looking for quantitative research method from a COMMUNICATION perspective, this is the one."
- Youngrak Park, Columbus State University


"This book is wonderful! I've used other books in the past and this is by far the best one that I've used. Quantitative Research Methods for Communication is straightforward, easy to follow, logical, and user friendly. I really appreciate that it integrates APA style into its text...I think this book offers the perfect overview that students need when new topics are being introduced to classesEL. Concepts are defined well and clearly articulated. I've enjoyed using this book in my undergraduate research methods classes and my students always have positive things to say about the text"
- Kristin Weber, University of Georgia


"Each chapter is concise, the language is plain and easy to understand. The book provides a comprehensive picture of what quantitative research method is. This book has covered in detail different topics in quantitative research methods; each chapter has great length and is written in plain language, and it has used a lot of real communication studies as examples." - Shuo Yao, Radford University


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