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About this book
About this book
Aims to help those undertaking ecological research to develop a critical attitude to approaching a scientific problem and constructing a procedure for assessment, providing a framework for understanding methodological issues which assists with the effective definition and planning of research.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Component processes of ecological research; Part I. Developing an Analytical Framework: 2. Five processes of research planning; 3. Conceptual and propositional analysis for defining research problems; 4. Development of a research plan; 5. How theories develop and how to use them; 6. The art of measurement and experiment; 7. Methods of reasoning in research; 8. Assessment of postulates; 9. Individual philosophies and their methods; Part II. Making a Synthesis for Scientific Inference: 10. Properties and domains of ecological concepts; 11. Strategies of scientific research in ecology; 12. Use of mathematical models for constructing explanations in ecology; Part III. Working in the Research Community: 14. Scientific research as a social process; 14. Values and standpoints and their influence on research; Part IV. Defining a Methodology for Ecological Research: 15. The methodology of progressive synthesis; 16. Criticisms and improvements for the scientific method in ecology; Appendix for instructors; Glossary; List of references; Author index; Subject index.
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'The author is to be congratulated on a challenging and educational text which should become required reading by scientists.' Paul Adam, Journal of Vegetation Science '... should be owned, read thoroughly, discussed, and consulted frequently by every graduate student and ecological researcher ... should be required reading by anyone planning an ecological research project, or planning to advise one.' Penny S. Reynolds, Ecology '... a clear and readable exposition on the nature of science and research and how one can join the wonderful search for knowledge.' Dan Binkley, Forest Science