Cross-Sectional Designs: Definition & Examples


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Cross-sectional design is where an experimenter _____.

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1. Michael set up a cross-sectional study with 6 participants. His professor did not approve the experiment because Micheal's study group was too small. Why would Micheal's professor require a higher number of participants?

2. In cross-sectional designs, groups need to be _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cross-sectional design is an important research tool used in select studies, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of its characteristics and applications.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these short, targeted assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The benefits of cross-sectional experiments
  • Difference between ages in relation to cross-sectional studies
  • The necessary conditions of cross-sectional study
  • The definition of cross-sectional design

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define cross-sectional design
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about studying differences (such as age) that cannot be randomly assigned
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can correctly interpret the lesson's information about the conditions for cross-sectional designs and the reasons behind those conditions

Additional Learning

To learn more about cross-sectional studies, review the accompanying lesson called Cross-sectional Designs: Definition & Examples. This informational research lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define cross-sectional designs and understand their conditions, benefits and uses in research
  • Differentiate between a quasi-experiment and a true experiment
  • Understand the given examples of cross-sectional study