This gi-normous tome is a beauty. It's wonderful to have design, measurement, and analysis cross-referenced within the same book. Yes, as the one low rating reviewer argues, Pedhazur and Schmelkin are rather cranky and critical, but I find their remarks go along way toward anchoring social science research in the broader landscape of formal research generally, and in the history of educational/psychological research specifically. The authors spend a good bit of text locating practices in tradition and context, and identifying changes in the practice of social science research. I find my own doctoral students benefit from as much sense of research as a professional endeavor as I can provide them. Thus, I don't have a problem with passages such as this: "The notion that the royal road to Truth, to discovery of the Laws of Nature, is through The Scientific method has until recently been part of the vision of scientific inquiry, as is exemplified by Pearson's (1911) assertion: 'There is no short cut to truth, no way to gain a knowledge of the universe except through the gateway of scientific method.' ... Nothing is, of course, further from the truth."
On the other hand, I really think it's important for the instructor to be an active mediator between student and text in the case.
In textbooks and courses in statistics, substantive and measurement issues are rarely, if at all, considered. Similarly, textbooks and courses in measurement virtually ignore design and analytic questions, and research design textbooks and courses pay little attention to analytic and measurement issues. This fragmentary approach fosters a lack of appreciation of the interrelations and interdependencies among the various aspects of the research endeavor. Pedhazur and Schmelkin's goal is to help readers become proficient in these aspects of research and their interrelationships, and to use that information in a more integrated manner. The authors offer extensive commentaries on inputs and outputs of computer programs in the context of the topics presented. Both the organization of the book and the style of presentation allow for much flexibility in choice, sequence, and degree of sophistication with which topics are dealt.