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Ch 2: Psychology Research Methods: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The psychology research methods unit of this AP Psychology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about psychology research methods. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about psychology research methods. There is no faster or easier way to learn about psychology research methods. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about basic statistics, reliability, validity, statistical analysis, assessments, tests, measurement and ethics.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an AP psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a psychology research methods unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Psychology Research Methods Unit Objectives:

  • Become acquainted with various research designs used in psychology.
  • Differentiate between reliability and validity.
  • Explore the ethics of psychological experiments.
  • Compare applied psychology and basic psychology.
  • Explain the need for standardization, norms and samples when interpreting test scores.
  • Point out the various types of psychological tests in use, such as projective, power, achievement, aptitude and inventory-type.
  • Identify direct, indirect and constructs when considering types of measurement.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Psychology Research Methods: Homeschool Curriculum
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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