Observation Considerations (HL)

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What you need to know… When setting up and carrying out an observation in qualitative research there are many things that the researchers must consider (i.e. think about). You need to be able to identify what these specific considerations are and explain why they’re relevant in the particular context of the study. Considerations may be related to: Ethics Researcher bias …

Effects of Exposure to Violence

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What you need to know… In our unit on Crime and Violence you need to be able to answer two key questions: What are the effects of short-term exposure to violence? What are the effects of long-term exposure to violence? Remember you need research (theories and/or studies) to support your answers. You should be able to answer this mostly with …

Identifying Sampling Methods

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What you need to know… Here are four of the common sampling methods used in quantitative research. You need to know what these mean and the difference/s between them. You can read more about them on the quantitative methods page. Opportunity: Self-selected: Random: Stratified: Your task… Read the following summaries of how the researchers got their participants and identify which …

Experiments: Designs and Controls

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What you need to know… By the end of this double lesson, it is hoped that you will be able to answer the following key questions. Make sure you take notes as you work through understand these key terms and concepts. How and why are controls used in experiments? How and why are experimental design types used in experiments? (e.g. repeated measures, independent …

Focus Group Interviews

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Your task… Read the following research topics and discuss in small groups the strengths and limitations of using a focus group interview in each one. Teens’ experiences dealing with eating disorders. Victims of sexual abuse as a child Alcoholics who have failed to give up drinking numerous times Male war veterans dealing with returning to family life

Qualitative v Quantitative

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What you need to know… One of the key questions for HL Psychology students to know the answer to is: “What is the difference between quantitative data and qualitative data?” Research in psychology can be divided into two major categories: Quantitative Qualitative It is important to understand the difference between quantitative data and qualitative data. Data in research simply means the information …