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Applied Research Methods

Post by Admin on Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:29 pm

Applied Research Methods
The focus of this section is for candidates to apply their knowledge of research methods to a novel situation.
Candidates should be able to:
Define and offer advantages and disadvantages of qualitative and quantitative research methods including laboratory experiments, field experiments, natural experiments, correlations, observations, questionnaires, interviews and case
studies.
Issues of reliability and ways of ensuring reliability (split-half, test-retest, interrater).
Issues of validity (experimental and ecological) and ways of ensuring validity (content, concurrent, construct).
Ethical issues relating to research including a lack of informed consent, the use of deception, a lack of the right to withdraw from the investigation, a lack of confidentiality, a failure to protect participants from physical and psychological
harm.
Define and offer advantages and disadvantages of different sampling methods including opportunity, quota, random, self-selected (volunteer), stratified and systematic.
Define and offer advantages and disadvantages, and draw conclusions from the following ways of describing data, including: - Development of a coding system - Mean - Scattergraphs
- Content analysis - Median - Bar charts
- Categorisation - Mode - Histograms
- Range
N.B. Knowledge acquired for this Unit is also relevant in Unit PY3 of the A2.
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