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PSYC 8300 Philosophical Foundations in Psychological Research: Welcome & Course Readings

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Please find your required library readings below. If you have problems with the links below, please contact the Library. If you have APA questions about these materials, please contact the Writing Center.

PSYC 8300 Required Course Readings


The links are for required readings found in the Walden databases ONLY. For all other readings, see your course resources.

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Campbell, R. (2000). Feminist approaches to social science: Epistemological and methodological tenets. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28, 773-791.

Dar, R., Serlin, R. C., & Omer, H. (1994). Misuse of statistical tests in three decades of psychotherapy research. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 75-82.

Frick, R.W. (1996). The appropriate use of the null hypothesis testing. Psychological Methods, 1, 379-390.

Jones, J. M., & Safrit, R. D. (1994, April). Developing critical thinking skills in adult learners through innovative distance learning. Paper presented at the International Conference on the Practice of Adult Education and Social Development, Jinan, China.

Laungani, P. (2004). Some unresolved issues in philosophy and psychology: The implications for therapy. Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 17, 107-123.

Mahrer, A. R. (2000). Philosophy of science and the foundations of psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 55, 117-1125.

Rychlak, J. F. (2000). A psychotherapist’s lessons from philosophy of science. American Psychologist, 55, 1126-1132.

Serlin, R. C., & Lapsley, D. K (1985). Rationality in Psychological Research. American Psychologist, 40, 73-83.

Smedslund, J. (2002). From hypothesis-testing psychology to procedure-testing psychologic. Review of General Psychology, 6, 51-72.

Strong, S. R. (1991). Theory-driven science and naïve empiricism in counseling psychology. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 38, 204-210.

Visser, L., Visser, Y. L., & Schlosser, C. (2003). Critical thinking in distance education and traditional education. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 4, 401-407.

Williams, R. N. (2002). The Pseudofundamental in psychology: Psychologic and psychologists. Psychological Inquiry, 2, 371-374.

Other Readings

Optional or supplemental readings may or may not be available in the library. Find further information about optional readings here.

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