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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||Topics||Key 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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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