Research Methods: Functional Skills - 2nd Edition - James H. Cauraugh

Research Methods: Functional Skills - 2nd Edition

By James H. Cauraugh

  • Release Date: 2013-01-02
  • Genre: Science & Nature
5 Score: 5 (From 9 Ratings)


Teaching research methods for 28 years provided the author with insights into effective ways to engage both enthusiastic and reluctant students in the games that scientists play. Students are challenged to learn a new language dedicated to communicating and interacting on research method topics with both rudimentary and expert scientists. Importantly, students excel when they have a clear purpose, master the knowledge, and become independent in using the information (Pink, 2009). This eBook describes the principles, concepts, and procedures for planning and conducting research. The easy to read writing style covers a broad knowledge base and integrates many of the concepts with real world empirical examples. Acquiring the functional skills necessary to become an independent, critically thinking scientist is a worthy purpose. Extensive discussions include science, variability, experimental design, statistics, and relevant rules for becoming a player in science. Research methods mastery comes from intense learning of the specific information and extensive practice situations to develop expertise. Indeed, reading, writing, and reciting the rules involved in scientific problem solving, designing sound experiments, analyzing data appropriately, and examining internally valid and invalid conclusions contributes to mastery. Once students are able to apply the knowledge, write coherent reviews evaluating the literature, determine causal relationships leading to evidence-based decision-making, then autonomy is apparent. Reading and studying the second edition of this Research Methods eBook will help you become a productive consumer and investigator of science. 
Increasing your knowledge on the rules for planning and conducting experiments is important for all types of academic majors. Students from applied physiology and kinesiology, exercise science, exercise physiology, motor behavior, sport psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and premedicine readily acquire and use this knowledge. This eBook focuses on causal effects as the most important for advancing science, whereas threats to internal validity are potential confounds. Minimizing threats to internal validity should be a primary goal in selecting an appropriate experimental design as well as considering appropriate statistical analyses. Engage in research methods, develop functional skills, and become fulfilled.


  • Review

    By Nichole Periquito
    This is a very interesting book. It is very easy to read and understand. The examples that are used in the book are very easy to follow and relate to. Dr. Cauraugh does a very good job explaining each topic that is addressed in the e-book. I really like that this is an e-book instead of a paper back book because that is one less book, as a college student, that I have to carry around. Most students carry around a laptop or iPad so it is nice to have access to the book via a laptop or iPad. I have had a statistics class before as well as had to do a lot of research for other classes throughout my college career, but this book puts everything that I have learned together and reemphasizes how statistics and research are important factors if you want to make sure your information is both valid and reliable. Information can be reliable but not valid but if something is valid then it must be reliable. I have heard that in other classes before but it all came together in this book. I like that there are graphs and tables in this book to help explain things like experimental designs and if things have a significant interaction or not. Before this book I did not know what a significant interaction was. From this book I have learned how to do a true experiment and I also learned the difference between refereed journals and ones that are not refereed. Refereed journals are the best way to get valid and reliable information because it had been reviewed and accepted by peers. All in all it is a very easy read but it has a lot of useful information that will be beneficial to all of our future careers whether that be in the medical field or not, this is good information that anyone can use.