Correlational Research: Definition, Purpose & Examples


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Which of the following BEST completes the following sentence: Correlation research is mainly focused on _____.

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1. When a researcher finds the correlation coefficient, which of the following does he find?

2. Marty cannot randomly assign subjects to his study because one of his variables is height. Which of the following would best describe Marty's study?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The nature of correlational research is complex, but you can build your understanding of it through these assessments. Some of the terms you'll be tested on include correlation coefficient, positive correlation, and extraneous variable.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will ask questions on:

  • Correlational research
  • The correlation coefficient
  • An experiment where participants aren't randomly assigned
  • Positive correlations
  • Examples of extraneous variables

Skills Practiced

The skills you'll be able to practice with the worksheet and quiz include:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define positive correlation and correlation coefficient
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding correlational research experiments and the focus of correlational research
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding extraneous variables and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You can get more information on this type of research through the review of the lesson entitled Correlational Research: Definition, Purpose & Examples. Some information you'll learn through this lesson includes:

  • What a correlation is
  • The differences between positive and negative correlations
  • How to assess the validity of a correlation