Ch 3: Data Collection in Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Data Collection in Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the methodologies for gathering and analyzing psychological data 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 Data Collection 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.

Day TopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday How experiments produce data Overview of how psychological and social experiments yield results that can be compared and analyzed
Tuesday Experimental components and ethics Experimental design, sample size, population, independent variable, random assignment, dependent variable, hypothesis, control groups, experimental groups, and ethical protocols
Wednesday Methods for data collection Discuss how the following methods can be used as part of the data collection process: questionnaires, interviews, surveys, existing statistics, content analysis, field research, observational research, secondary records, and archival research
Thursday Design types and examples Define the following types of designs and review the pros and cons of each type: cross-sectional design, longitudinal design, and case studies
Friday Correlational research Identify how causation differentiates from correlation; determine the differences between zero, negative, and positive correlations; and, show how psychologists can use correlational research to forecast the eventual performance or behaviors of certain groups/individuals

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Data Collection in Psychology Lesson Plans
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Using Experiments to Collect Social Research Data

1. Using Experiments to Collect Social Research Data

This lesson explores the basic framework and definition of how an experiment is constructed using two popular social psychology experiments as examples.

Ethics in Psychological Experiments: Importance & Examples

2. 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.

Using Surveys to Collect Social Research Data

3. Using Surveys to Collect Social Research Data

There are many techniques to collect information from people. In this lesson, we will explore some of the ways a researcher collects data, as well as looking at some of the risks and benefits.

Using Content Analysis to Collect Social Research Data

4. Using Content Analysis to Collect Social Research Data

This lesson explores what content analysis is and how a researcher can use this technique to explore and collect social data. An explanation of how to use this technique to explore the psychology of other times is also explored.

Using Existing Statistics to Collect Social Research Data

5. Using Existing Statistics to Collect Social Research Data

This lesson explains the primary places a researcher can collect social data from others instead of collecting it themselves. The lesson also reminds researchers of a major pitfall in using other's data.

How Observational & Field Research Are Used to Collect Data

6. How Observational & Field Research Are Used to Collect Data

Psychologists have many different options for where and how to do research. Watch this video to learn more about the difference in field and lab research and the advantages and disadvantages of observational research

Using Archival Research & Secondary Records to Collect Social Research Data

7. Using Archival Research & Secondary Records to Collect Social Research Data

This lesson explores the idea of what happens when researchers already have information and data that they can study. You'll get the chance to look at descriptions of archival and meta-analysis research.

Longitudinal Designs: Definition & Examples

8. Longitudinal Designs: Definition & Examples

This lesson discusses the uses and procedures in running a longitudinal design. In addition, we also explore some of the benefits and issues that can occur when using such a design.

Cross-Sectional Designs: Definition & Examples

9. Cross-Sectional Designs: Definition & Examples

This lesson explores the process and requirements in using a cross-sectional design. Two examples are used, one common and one uncommon, to demonstrate how cross-sectional designs can be used in quasi-experiments.

Case Study Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

10. Case Study Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Often, research involves looking at large numbers of people. But sometimes, researchers want to look at just a few people in-depth. In this lesson, we'll examine case studies and their strengths and limitations.

Unconditional Positive Regard: Definition & Examples

11. Unconditional Positive Regard: Definition & Examples

Unconditional positive regard is an important aspect of many forms of psychotherapy. Learn more about the definition of unconditional positive regard, learn how to apply this concept to your life, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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