Leedy, P. D., & Ormrod, J. E. (2015). Practical research. Planning and design (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.


It is an excellent sign when a textbook enters its 11th edition as it signals a high adoption rate by academics and thus high quality, and Leedy and Ormrod’s primer Practical Research is no exception to that observation. Paul Leedy had been Professor Emeritus of Education at American University – he passed away in 2002. Jeanne Ormrod is Professor Emerita of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Pearson had previously been the world’s largest publisher before the company recently decided to focus solely on education. Its textbooks are typically user-friendly introductions and reference tools with a mass market appeal. The book reviewed here is the 11th global edition. In its global publications, Pearson, according to the back cover of the tome, collaborates with additional educators across the world and consequently “features alterations, customization, and adaptation from the North American version”. Apart from the global version, alternate versions of the book are available such as the North American version and also an e-book.



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