Ch 3: MTTC Psychology: Introduction to Research Methods

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Let us help you learn about conducting sound psychological research. Use our lessons and quizzes to help you review research standards and prepare for the MTTC Psychology exam.

MTTC Psychology: Introduction to Research Methods- Chapter Summary

Let us show you about all aspects of psychological research, including the scientific method, research project design, the production of high-quality research and purposes of research. These lessons will help you prepare for the MTTC Psychology test and answer these types of questions:

  • Defining research
  • Ensuring reliability and validity
  • Defining scientific and non-scientific research
  • Applying the scientific model when making decisions
  • Knowing the difference between non-experimental and experimental research
  • Defining exploratory, descriptive and explanatory research

These lessons, taught by instructors who are experts in the field, prepare you for the test with thorough discussions of each topic. Knowing about methods and design will boost your understanding of psychological research.

Objectives of the MTTC Psychology: Introduction to Research Methods Chapter

Michigan requires passing the MTTC Psychology exam of anyone who wants certification to teach the subject. Questions on research methods are in the foundations, skills and methods subarea, which makes up 21% of the total test.

Every question on the MTTC exam is multiple-choice. Some are simple questions, while others ask you to read a passage or look at a table of data and interpret the meaning. At the end of each of our lessons are multiple-choice quizzes that will let you assess your knowledge and get practice answering these types of questions.

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: MTTC Psychology: Introduction to Research Methods
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What is Research? - Definition, Purpose & Typical Researchers

1. What is Research? - Definition, Purpose & Typical Researchers

Psychological research helps to shape our society - from the way we raise our children to the way we treat our criminals and military enemies. But what is research and who conducts it? This lesson explores the purposes of research in psychology and the individuals who observe, record, and alter our behavior.

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.

How to Produce High-Quality Research

5. How to Produce High-Quality Research

Psychology is a science that requires high quality research due to the inherent complexity of human thoughts, behaviors and emotions. One way to go about producing high quality research is to follow certain guidelines that all true sciences follow.

Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences

6. Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences

Explore the way people 'know' information without using a scientific methodology. Have you ever fallen for nonscientific research and then presented it as fact?

What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

7. What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

How might someone apply the scientific method to psychological research? We will review the steps of the scientific method and how they applied to one of the most famous psychological studies ever conducted.

Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

8. Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

You've conducted the research and compiled it all together. Now what? What good is 300 pages of research if it is too complex to convey? You can turn it into a model and teach others, but be wary of the pitfalls.

Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation

9. Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation

What are the primary ways a psychologist goes about conducting research? In this lesson, we will look at the three main ways a researcher can go about learning something, as well as some of the more famous psychological research that has used these techniques.

Non-Experimental and Experimental Research: Differences, Advantages & Disadvantages

10. Non-Experimental and Experimental Research: Differences, Advantages & Disadvantages

How is a non-experimental design scientific? We will look at what it means to use experimental and non-experimental designs in the course of psychological research. We will also look at some classic examples of different types of research.

Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method

11. Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method

While there are many ways to conduct an experiment in psychology, there are only so many ways you can describe it. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences, strengths, and weaknesses of the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences

12. 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?'

Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

13. Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

There is a parallel between how people come to understand something and the process of researching an idea. This lesson explores the purposes of research as well as three approaches to research in psychology: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory.

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