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Ch 2: AP Psychology: Research Methods in Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Research Methods in Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach psychology research methods in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Research Methods in Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Statistics, tests and measurements
Research designs
How statistics, tests and measurements are used
Types of research designs
TuesdayReliability and validity
Statistical analysis
How to analyze experiments and results
Ways to look at statistics
WednesdayEthics
Types of research
Ethical issues in experimentation
Basic and applied research
Thursday Standardization and norms of psychological tests
Types of assessments
How standardization, samples and norms factor into the interpretation of test scores
Types of psychological tests, including projective and inventory-type
FridayTypes of tests
Types of measurements
Several types of tests and how they are used, including criterion- and norm-referenced tests
Direct, indirect and constructs

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: AP Psychology: Research Methods in Psychology Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Research Design & Statistical Analysis for Psychology

1. Introduction to Research Design & Statistical Analysis for Psychology

What do psychologists have to think about when designing studies and interpreting results? In this lesson, you'll explore how the scientific method can help with the difficult task of studying behaviors and their potential causes.

Types of Research Designs in Psychology

2. Types of Research Designs in Psychology

What are the three main research designs, and what are their advantages and disadvantages? In this lesson, you'll explore the different goals behind descriptive, correlational and experimental research designs.

Reliability & Validity in Psychology: Definitions & Differences

3. Reliability & Validity in Psychology: Definitions & Differences

How do validity and reliability contribute to study design in psychology? In this lesson, you'll look at how experiments can fail reliability and validity requirements to get an idea of the challenges behind conducting significant psychological research.

Statistical Analysis for Psychology: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics

4. Statistical Analysis for Psychology: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics

What are the two main types of statistics used by psychologists? In this lesson, you'll start to see what psychologists need to do to analyze their data and test the significance of their results.

Ethics in Psychological Experiments: Importance & Examples

5. Ethics in Psychological Experiments: Importance & Examples

What are the ethical principles of psychological research? In this lesson, you'll take a look at the careful considerations a psychologist must make with respect to her participants when she designs a test.

Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences

6. Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences

In this lesson, we look at the difference between basic and applied psychological research and discover why there is a separation. Through examples, we'll answer the questions, 'What is the purpose of research if it doesn't apply to the real world?' and 'How are the two interrelated?'

Standardization and Norms of Psychological Tests

7. Standardization and Norms of Psychological Tests

Many psychological tests, including intelligence tests, are about comparing your score to others' scores to see how you did. Watch this lesson to find out about two important concepts in psychology: standardization and norms.

Types of Assessments Used in Psychology

8. Types of Assessments Used in Psychology

Psychological assessments are tests that are meant to analyze a person's abilities or personality. In this lesson, we'll examine some common types of psychological tests, including projective tests, inventories, and aptitude tests.

Types of Tests: Norm-Referenced vs. Criterion-Referenced

9. Types of Tests: Norm-Referenced vs. Criterion-Referenced

What's the best way to score tests? In this lesson, we'll look at two major types of tests that are scored differently from each other: norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests.

Types of Measurement: Direct, Indirect & Constructs

10. Types of Measurement: Direct, Indirect & Constructs

How do you measure psychological traits? In this lesson, we'll look at how psychologists measure traits, including direct and indirect observation. We will also explore why psychological traits are so difficult to measure.

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