Limits to Generalization of a Research Study


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The purpose of research is to _____.

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1. Mary is conducting a study and wants to be sure that she has a representative sample. Which of the following actions should Mary take to be sure she has representative sample?

2. Sarah has a group of subjects from an urban school district in a large city. The subjects are just like the rest of the population in age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status. However, her sample is not representative. Which of the following BEST explains why Sarah's subjects might not be representative of the general population?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What do you know about research, representation and replication? Find out by answering questions on these and other topics related to generalization in psychological research on this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you can answer questions on the following:

  • The purpose of research
  • What a representative sample is
  • Whether a particular sample is representative or not
  • What replication is
  • The importance of replication

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as replication and representative sample
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on limits to generalization of a psychological research study
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding why it's essential to replicate research and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

For further details about important factors in conducting psychological research, review the lesson called Limits to Generalization of a Research Study. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review the elements necessary for being able to generalize results
  • Understand the importance of these elements
  • Examine a sample research study that illustrates these elements