What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps


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The steps of the scientific method include: Ask a question, _____, Form a hypothesis, Test the hypothesis & collect data, Analyze data, and _____.

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1. Why is it important that a researcher avoid skipping steps in the scientific method process?

2. As part of the famous Hawthorne Studies back in the 1920's, Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger wanted to know, 'Could certain environmental conditions, such as improved lighting, make employees work more efficiently?' Which step in the scientific method does this address?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these assessments to check your understanding of the characteristics of the scientific method. They will ask questions about the definition, steps, and purpose of using the scientific method.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students who want to do well on the quiz/worksheet should familiarize themselves with this material:

  • The definition of the scientific method
  • Steps of the scientific method
  • What to do with the results of a study
  • The purpose of reporting findings

Skills Practiced

The assessments will give students the opportunity to improve these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull the most critical information from the associated lesson on the scientific method
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the steps of the scientific method and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - correctly define the scientific method
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of the scientific method, specifically the results of a study

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, take a peek at the accompanying lesson, What is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps. It will help students achieve these goals/objectives:

  • Define the scientific method
  • Identify the steps of the scientific method
  • Distinguish the steps from one another
  • Understand the purpose of the scientific method and what to do with the results