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Understanding Research

Becoming a Competent and Critical Consumer (Second Edition)
Jeffrey A. Kottler and Laurie Sharp
©2018, 308 pages

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    Understanding Research: Becoming a Competent and Critical Consumer helps students read research in an informed and critical manner, evaluate its usefulness, and apply the results to their own work and lives. Dedicated to helping readers become proficient in finding information and resources that enable them to live and work more effectively, the book is both realistic and relevant.

    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.

    Understanding Research is a highly personal, accessible guide that helps students understand how to critically examine and consume research. Through the use of humor, personal examples, reflective exercises, and examples, the book makes understanding research more digestible and enjoyable. The book is an ideal resource at the undergraduate and graduate level for courses in research methods in counseling, education, psychology, and human services.

    Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prominent authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, health, and education, having written over 100 books across a broad range of topics. He is a clinical professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and professor emeritus of counseling at California State University, Fullerton. He has served as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, educator, and social justice advocate in a variety of professional settings throughout his career.
    Laurie A. Sharp completed her Ed.D. in educational leadership at Tarleton State University. Currently the Dr. John G. O'Brien Distinguished Chair in Education at West Texas A&M University, she works with faculty and area public school leadership to identify topics for research consideration.
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    “This text is written in a conversational, engaging tone that makes research relatable and accessible to students."
    Janine S. Fisk, Assistant Professor of Education Studies, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

    ”When it comes to becoming a consumer of research, this book is an exceptional, all-inclusive guide for success."
    Catherine E. Holtman, Department of Allied Health Sciences, East Tennessee State University

    “Accessible, organized, and written with the student in mind. Well done!”
    Stephen P. Demanchick, Associate Professor Art Therapy and Director of the Play Therapy Center, Nazareth College

    “This text helps students examine the who, what, where, when, and why about research in order to support them in their quest of becoming critical consumers of research. Knowledgeable students develop into experienced professionals, and this text supports the development of the budding researcher and informed practitioner.”
    Cassandra A. Storlie, Ph.D., LPCC-S, NCC, Associate Professor, Department of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, Kent State University