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Research Methods and the Study of Human Growth and Development - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Research is essential to all areas of science. Human growth and development is one area where research has helped us to learn amazing things about how we develop psychologically. Research in other areas of science often happens in the laboratory - scientists mix chemicals, look at specimens under the microscope and conduct experiments. With human growth and development, though, research methods tend to vary. In this area, the subjects are living, breathing human beings. Researchers learn through watching and interacting with people. Understanding how research occurs in the area of human growth and development is the focus of this chapter. Some of the things we will discuss include:
- Application of the steps of the scientific method to research in this area
- Methods of collecting data for research
- Physiological experiments used in research
- Experimental methods
|Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research||Learn to apply the steps of the scientific method to human growth and development research.|
|Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research||Explore the different methods of data collection, including verbal reports, observational methods and physiological experiments.|
|Human Growth and Development Research Methods||Examine the methods of experiments used in research, such as cross-sectional, longitudinal, correlational, cross sequential, experimental and case study methods.|
1. Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research
Human growth and development researchers utilize the scientific method as they attempt to explain how a person changes throughout their life. The following lesson will explore this process.
2. Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research
This lesson will help you understand and differentiate between the methods of data collection that can be used in human growth and development research.
3. The True Experimental Research Design
You need to set up a true experiment to test a hypothesis and demonstrate a cause and effect relationship. This lesson will teach you how this is accomplished and when you are forced to use other research designs.
4. Research Designs: Quasi-Experimental, Case Studies & Correlational Research Designs
The true experiment is not the only way to conduct research. This lesson will help you understand the use of quasi-experimental research designs, case studies, and correlational research.
5. The Importance of Understanding Research Methodology
This lesson will show you why it is necessary to understand the research methods that are used in human growth and development. Learn how interpretation is affected by different research methodologies.
6. The Purpose of Descriptive Statistics in Human Growth and Development Research
How do you make sense of all the data you obtain during research? Knowing the role of descriptive statistics will help you understand how raw data is converted to usable information.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 103: Human Growth and Development course
- Theoretical Approaches to Human Growth and Development
- Genetic Influences on Development
- Biological Development
- Sensory and Perceptual Development
- Cognition and Cognitive Development
- Creativity and Intelligence Development
- Language Development
- Social Development
- Social Relationship Development
- Atypical Development
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