About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Research Design and Analysis in Educational 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||Types of research design and true experimental design||Field, case, cross-sectional, survey and longitudinal studies; experimental vs. control groups, dependent vs. independent variables and populations vs. samples in experimental design|
|Tuesday||Reliability and validity||Research study quality assessment; external, internal and ecological validity|
|Wednesday||Interpretation of correlations||Negative vs. positive correlation, causation vs. correlation|
|Thursday||Inferential statistics||T-test, ANOVA and p-value interpretations|
|Friday||Research ethics||Deception, consent forms and debriefing|
1. Types of Research Design
There are questions to be answered in all areas of psychology. How are these questions answered by professionals in the field? This lesson covers several different options researchers can use to approach such questions.
2. True Experimental Design
Experiments are the classic way to conduct research in almost any field of study. But do you know how true experiments really work? This lesson explains the details of experimental design, such as different types of samples, control groups and independent vs. dependent variables.
3. Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study
Many psychologists and teachers complete research studies. How can you tell if a study was done well? This lesson will cover many criteria for a good quality study, including types of reliability and validity.
4. How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results
Perhaps the most common statistic you'll see from psychology is a correlation. Do you know how to correctly interpret correlations when you see them? This lesson covers everything you need to know.
5. Inferential Statistics for Psychology Studies
Psychology is a science, which means that in order to understand people's thoughts and behaviors, a basic understanding of statistics is necessary. Most psychology studies use inferential statistics. This lesson covers basic types of inferential statistics, as well as how to decide whether a hypothesis was supported by the results.
6. Research Ethics in Educational Psychology
Many people have a vague fear of psychological studies. Will the researchers lie to me? Will I get electric shocks? This lesson covers the ethical considerations of all modern psychological studies, including the rights of the participant such as informed consent and accurate debriefing.
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