Kahoot: Qualitative Methodology (Old Syllabus)

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This Kahoot quiz covers a selection of key terms from the qualitative research methods in the old syllabus. This can help prepare for Paper 3. The quiz focuses on general concepts, such as generalizability, transferability, participant expectations, as well as methodology (interviews, case studies and observations). Play the quiz HERE! We’re currently working on a Paper 3: Qualitative Methods Revision …

What is a “narrative interview?”

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This material is the for the “old syllabus.” Students in the new IB Psychology syllabus (first exams May, 2019), do not need to know about narrative interviews (but they do need to know about unstructured interviews). What is a narrative interview?  A “narrative” is a spoken or written summary of connected events. So a narrative interview asks questions that require …

Lesson Idea: Analyzing Focus Group Interviews

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Using real examples of qualitative studies is an effective way of teaching qualitative research methods and concepts. It also helps with developing students’ ability to apply their knowledge to stimulus material (i.e. they learn how to use details from the text to support their answers). Note: this task has been developed for the “old” syllabus, but could be adapted for …

What is an “emic concept?”

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This post is for the “old” syllabus (May and Nov 2018 exams) and is not needed for the new one. The LO for the old syllabus is: “Using one or more examples, explain “emic” and “etic” concepts.” An emic concept refers to an approach to research that involves studying behaviour in a single culture. This is different to an etic …

Qualitative Study Examples

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There are plenty of freely available qualitative studies on google scholar. One way to find studies is to ask your students to think of a topical subject in the media that has caught their attention lately. Google search “qualitative psychology (your topic)” and see what you can find. Another approach is to find studies that could help them understand other …

Lesson Ideas: Qualitative Methods

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Full credit for the ideas in this post go to Alan Law who shared these with me recently.  Problem-based Approach Find and source a real example of a qualitative study and provide students with a very brief summary of the central research question of the study. Then ask students in small groups to decide what method they would use to …

Evaluating Case Studies

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GLT: Evaluate the use of case studies in qualitative research   Here is a document that has links to information about 5 different famous  case studies. We will use this in class to learn about case study methodology. Basically, in order to evaluate the use of case studies, you need to be able to: Define the term “case study” Describe …

Paper 3: Guided Answer

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In order to practice writing a Paper 3 answer where you use an example of research provided in your answer, here’s one that’s been half completed and you can complete the second half. Your Task… Explain the second consideration involved in setting up or carrying out Rosenhan’s covert, naturalistic, participant observation. 1 – State the consideration… 2 – Define the …

Rosenhan’s Observation

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What you need to know… In order to “discuss observation considerations” you first need to know what those considerations are (read more here). After you are comfortable with at least three or four of these considerations, you then need to be able to apply them to an example of research. One example of an observational qualitative study was carried out …

Lesson Idea: Understanding Observation Methods (HL – Qualitative)

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What you need to know… In order to complete this activity you need know about the different observation methods. You can read more about those considerations here. It is important for Paper 3 answers that you can apply your knowledge to examples of research. This is a difficult critical thinking skill and is what separates good answers from excellent ones. …