Scale Development

Theory and Applications


Author: Robert F. DeVellis

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412980445

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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A best-seller in its previous editions, Scale Development: Theory and Applications, Third Edition has been extensively updated and revised to address changes in the field and topics that have grown in importance. Widely adopted for graduate courses in departments such as Psychology, Public Health, Marketing, Nursing, and Education, this book will prove beneficial to applied researchers across the social sciences.

Mixed Methods Applications in Action Research


Author: Nataliya V. Ivankova

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452220034

Category: Social Science

Page: 446

View: 618

Focusing throughout on the integrated use of quantitative and qualitative methods, the book includes illustrative examples, featured SAGE journal articles, scripts, templates, and outlines to help readers master each step of the process. A wide range of reports are illustrated, including a community-oriented report, a professional research-based manuscript, and a dissertation research study. The final chapter discusses how the knowledge generated through a Mixed Methods Action Research (MMAR) study can lead to community action.

Handbook of Scales in Tourism and Hospitality Research


Author: Dogan Gursoy,Muzaffer Uysal,Ercan Sirakaya-Turk,Yuksel Ekinci,Seyhmus Baloglu

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780644531

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 427

View: 2828

As the field of tourism and hospitality experiences maturity and scientific sophistication, researchers need to fully understand the breadth and depth of existing scales that help explain, understand, monitor, and predict not only behaviour but also consequences of such behaviour as a function of demand and supply interactions in the field. By introducing the importance of measurement and scales and providing groupings of existing scales The Handbook of Scales in Tourism and Hospitality Research serves as the state of the art reference book in the field of tourism, hospitality and allied fields such leisure, recreation, and services management .

Instrument Development in the Affective Domain

School and Corporate Applications


Author: D. Betsy McCoach,Robert K. Gable,John P. Madura

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461471354

Category: Psychology

Page: 307

View: 4343

Whether the concept being studied is job satisfaction, self-efficacy, or student motivation, values and attitudes--affective characteristics--provide crucial keys to how individuals think, learn, and behave. And not surprisingly, as measurement of these traits gains importance in the academic and corporate worlds, there is an ongoing need for valid, scientifically sound instruments. For those involved in creating self-report measures, the completely updated Third Edition of Instrument Development in the Affective Domain balances the art and science of instrument development and evaluation, covering both its conceptual and technical aspects. The book is written to be accessible with the minimum of statistical background, and reviews affective constructs from a measurement standpoint. Examples are drawn from academic and business settings for insights into design as well as the relevance of affective measures to educational and corporate testing. This systematic analysis of all phases of the design process includes: Measurement, scaling, and item-writing techniques. Validity issues: collecting evidence based on instrument content. Testing the internal structure of an instrument: exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. Measurement invariance and other advanced methods for examining internal structure. Strengthening the validity argument: relationships to external variables. Addressing reliability issues. As a graduate course between covers and an invaluable professional tool, the Third Edition of Instrument Design in the Affective Domain will be hailed as a bedrock resource by researchers and students in psychology, education, and the social sciences, as well as human resource professionals in the corporate world.

International Encyclopedia of Political Science


Author: Bertrand Badie,Dirk Berg-Schlosser,Leonardo Morlino

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412959632

Category: Political Science

Page: 2767

View: 2603

With entries from leading international scholars from around the world, the International Encyclopedia of Political Science provides a definitive, comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognizing its theoretical foundations and including empirical findings from across the globe. The eight volumes examine all the main subdisciplines of political science and include coverage of comparative politics, epistemology, political economy, political sociology, and international relations. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order, and a list of entries by subject area appears in the front of each volume for ease of use. The Encyclopedia contains a detailed index as well as extensive bibliographical references. Approximately 80 entries on the use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods in political science are provided. The process of democratization will remain a vital topic during the 21st century, and the encyclopedia contains extensive coverage of the evolution of democracy as well as other political systems. Readers will find theoretical and empirical background on other important issues such as global security, the relationship between religion and the state, and political issues related to gender and race/ethnicity. The International Encyclopedia of Political Science provides an essential, authoritative guide to the state of political science at the start of the 21st century and for decades to come, making it an invaluable resource for a global readership, including researchers, students, citizens, and policy makers.

Quantitative Research Methods for Communication

A Hands-on Approach


Author: N.A

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Computers

Page: 537

View: 4576

Conducting research can be one of the most fascinating--and intimidating--tasks for students and scholars. A relevant and accessible guide to quantitative research, Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach offers an innovative and insightful look at this complex subject. 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 have compiled their diverse, acclaimed work into one comprehensive volume. In clear, straightforward language, the authors encourage students to take an active, hands-on role in the learning process, giving them the tools they need to locate, conduct, collect, and present their research. Students are not only introduced to new skills, but they also have the opportunity to immediately apply these skills in research scenarios. Beginning with a brief history of social science research, the text incorporates the following resources: * An introduction to the fundamentals of communication research, from library skills to basic mathematical concepts * An examination of the three most common techniques used in communication research: survey, content analysis, and experiment * A sophisticated analysis of sampling and hypothesis testing * A step-by-step introduction to statistical tools * Guided research assignments based on actual data-driven research questions * In-depth analyses of articles that feature statistical tests * A guide to presenting research findings, from delivering research papers at conferences to submitting original research for publication The text integrates rich pedagogical features throughout, including chapter objectives, case studies, data sheets, and lists of key terms. The accompanying CD-ROM offers many helpful tools, including ten articles originally published by the Eastern Communication Association and a Student Workbook. An invaluable resource for gathering and processing information in the twenty-first century, Quantitative Research Methods for Communication equips students with the skills--and confidence--to produce their own cutting-edge research.

Identifying and Analyzing User Needs

A Complete Handbook and Ready-to-use Assessment Workbook with Disk


Author: Lynn Westbrook

Publisher: Neal Schuman Pub

ISBN: 9781555703882

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 307

View: 8438

Every library needs to understand its patrons and potential users, yet the prospect of formal research can be so daunting that many libraries don't carry out information needs assessments unless they can afford a consultant. Here, in one handbook, are the essential theories, tools, and techniques library managers need to create a structured, planned, and well-executed assessment of user needs. Westbrook balances sound theory with practical applications for each phase: planning, research methods, data gathering, analysis, and action. The workbook template on the companion disk allows you to create a customized plan incorporating the input of staff, trustees, friends, directors, and volunteers. Includes examples of successful recent studies from public, school, and academic libraries.

Processing Data

The Survey Example


Author: Linda B. Bourque,Virginia Clark

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated


Category: Social Science

Page: 88

View: 5844

This volume highlights the theory that decisions made during the design of a data collection instrument influence the kind of data and the format of the data that are available for analysis. Opening with a discussion on the selection of the data collection technique(s) and how this impacts on data processing and the data for later analysis, the book covers key issues such as: should you create your own instrument for a questionnaire? how do you test a questionnaire? what are the characteristics of good data processing? how to deal with missing data? how to scale an evaluation and create subfiles for analysis? In addition, each major section concludes with examples and when appropriate, directs the reader to commonly available computer software that can aid in data processing.

Community-based Prevention

Programs that Work


Author: N.A

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 314

View: 7676

Community-Based Prevention: Programs that Work is a topical book created from Aspen's Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. It covers everything from how to assess the health needs of a community to the actual development and implementation of community-based prevention programs. It provides actual examples from all over the country while looking at multiple health issues such as breast cancer, early detection and chronic disease mortality.

Culture and the self

implications for Koreans' mental health


Author: Kyoung Ja Hyun

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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