The book opens with an exploration of why many practitioners and students feel they dislike research and why research really does matter. The subsequent chapters discuss how to understand the importance of research questions, evaluate the methods sections of research reports regarding participants, procedures, and data collection, interpret the results, and assess the discussion section. Chapters are framed by opening outlines and major concepts sections and ending conclusions and summaries.
Filled with activities, exercises, and examples that help readers synthesize and apply skills, Understanding Research guides readers through the process of actively deciphering studies while thinking critically and analytically about problems and issues. The book is a lively and engaging read for students and practitioners alike.