Robert F. DeVellis: Scale development: theory and applications. Applied social research methods series vol. 26. , 2003. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage 2 ed. (171 pages).
Dennis Howitt and Duncan Cramer : Introduction to Statistics in Psychology. 3rd edition. , 2005. Prentice Hall . Chapter 19,20, 22, 23, 27, 28 (87 pages).
Ulleberg, P and Nordvik, H : Introduction to factor theory and exploratory factor analysis, 2006. (33 pages). A free version will be available on Fronter.
Recommended literature in quantitative methods:
...for those who need to refresh their knowledge in statistics
Dennis Howitt and Duncan Cramer : Introduction to Statistics in Psychology. 3rd edition., 2005. Prentice Hall. Chapter 1-18.
... More advanced topics in multiple regression analysis
Barbara G. Tabachnick and Linda S. Fidell: Using multivariate statistics. 5th edition., 2007. Pearson international edition. Chapter 5 Multiple regression.
... Introduction to the use of SPSS
Dennis Howitt and Duncan Cramer: Introduction to SPSS in psychology,
Epistemological and theoretical issues
Valsiner, Jaan : Two epistemological frameworks in psychology: The typological and the variational modes of thinking, 1984 . The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 5,. 449-470.
The research process
Kvale, Steinar : InterViews. An introduction to qualitative research interviewing. , 1996. Thousand Oaks: Sage publications . Obligatory reading for this course: Chapters 1 – 10, chapter 13.
Nafstad, H.E: "Assumptions and values in the production of knowledge: Towards an area ethics in of psychology and the social sciences" in Robinson and Kataluski (eds.): Values in higher education, 2005. Leeds University Press. (150-159).
A list of additional mandatory and recommended literature will be distributed when the course starts.