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John Shaughnessy Co-Authors
Psychology "Research Methods" Text

Posted November 6, 2000

HOLLAND -- Dr. John Shaughnessy of the Hope College psychology faculty has co-authored a new textbook, "Essentials of Research Methods in Psychology."

He wrote the text with Gene Zechmeister and Jeanne Zechmeister, both of whom are members of the psychology faculty at Loyola University in Chicago, Ill. The book was published in October by McGraw-Hill Inc. of New York, N.Y.

"Essentials of Research Methods in Psychology" is based on another book by the same authors, "Research Methods in Psychology." McGraw-Hill published the fifth edition of "Research Methods in Psychology" in August of 1999.

The new book is intended for instructors who seek a briefer introduction to research methods. The book uses a "case approach" by highlighting one actual research study in each chapter, and includes interviews with the researchers who have conducted the studies that are highlighted.

"Exploring the researchers' points of view allows students to take a behind the scenes look at the process of doing research," Shaughnessy said. "An abiding goal of 'Essentials' and its 'parent book' is to help students think critically about implementing and interpreting research."

Shaughnessy and the Zechmeisters are also the co- authors of an Instructor's Manual designed to accompany "Research Methods in Psychology." In addition, Shaughnessy is the co-author of another book, "Experimentation in Psychology," which he wrote with Benton J. Underwood, in addition to having written or co-written numerous articles published in scholarly journals.

Shaughnessy, a professor of psychology, has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1975. In April of 1992, Hope's graduating seniors selected him as the college's "Hope Outstanding Professor Educator." He delivered the college's Opening Convocation address in the fall of 1992, and Hope's Commencement address in May of 1996.

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