Qualitative Data Learning Outcomes (Paper 3 – HL Only)

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The following learning outcomes come straight from the IB Psychology guide. These will be the exam questions for Paper 3. I have divided them into groups based on the order of which makes sense to teach the course (for me at least!)

Intro and Observations 

Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data. 

Evaluate participant, nonparticipant, naturalistic, overt and covert observations.

Discuss considerations involved in setting up and carrying out an observation (for example, audience effect, Hawthorne effect, disclosure). 

Discuss how researchers analyse data obtained in observational research. 

Case Studies and General Framework 

Evaluate the use of case studies in research. 

Explain how a case study could be used to investigate a problem in an organization or group (for example, a football team, a school, a family). 

To what extent can findings be generalized from a single case study. 

Discuss sampling techniques appropriate to qualitative research (for example, purposive sampling, snowball sampling). 

Explain effects of participant expectations and researcher bias in qualitative research. 

Explain the importance of credibility in qualitative research. 

Explain the effect of triangulation on the credibility/trustworthiness of qualitative research. (2 lessons)

Interviews and General Framework 

Evaluate semistructured, focus group and narrative interviews. 

Discuss considerations involved before, during and after an interview (for example, sampling method, data recording, traditional versus postmodern transcription, debriefing).

Explain how researchers use inductive content analysis (thematic analysis) on interview transcripts.

Explain reflexivity in qualitative research.

Discuss ethical considerations in qualitative research. 

Examine to what extent findings can be generalized from qualitative studies. 

Explain strengths and limitations of a qualitative approach to research.

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