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Research Methods in Communication Disorders

Research Methods in Communication Disorders

Tim Pring

ISBN: 978-1-861-56097-1 September 2004 336 Pages


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Many communication disorders are poorly understood and many treatments used in therapy remain unproven. Speech and Language therapists are increasingly involved in research in these areas but may lack the training and experience required to conduct it. Not the least of their problems is that few textbooks discuss the specific problems of research design in communication disorders.

Research Methods in Speech and Language Therapy fills this gap. It will serve as an introductory text for students who are training to be therapists and as an introduction to more advanced methods for clinicians involved in research. Different approaches to research are described and the basic principles of research design and statistical analysis described.

The book uses a wide range of published research to illustrate how research may be conducted in these areas and gives particular attention to the problems of researching the effectiveness of therapy.



Chapter 1 Introduction.

Chapter 2 Designing experiments.

Chapter 3 Describing data.

Chapter 4 The normal distribution and staandardized tests.

Chapter 5 Some statistical tests.

Chapter 6 Analysis of variance I.

Chapter 7 Analysis of variance II.

Chapter 8 Into the storm.

Chapter 9 Analysising categorical data.

Chapter 10 Correlation and regression.

Chapter 11 Measurement.

Chapter 12 Asking questions.

Chapter 13 Observational research.

Chapter 14 Efficacy: are we going about it in the right way?

Chapter 15 Single cases and specific therapies.

Answers to exercises.




"...a highly accessible volume...I would urge any therapist, student or researcher in communication disorders to have this text to hand..." (Child Language Teaching & Therapy, Vol 21 (3) 2005)