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Research Methods in Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Chapter Summary
When you use this informative chapter on research methods used in industrial and organizational psychology, you'll review the different purposes of research and how high-quality research is produced, among other topics. Our expert instructors cover each topic thoroughly but concisely, with plenty of real-world examples. We've included a short, multiple-choice quiz with each lesson as a way for you to test yourself before moving on to new topics. Submit any questions you have to one of our instructors through the Dashboard. After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify the tools used in psychological research
- Differentiate between different research methodologies
- Give examples of different kinds of research designs
- Explain research as it's used in industrial/organizational psychology
- Outline data collection and data analysis in industrial/organizational psychology research
- Discuss any ethical issues raised in this type of research
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
In this lesson, you'll learn how to apply principles of experimental research in the specific area of industrial/organizational psychology. We'll discuss how to design a study that utilizes correct sampling, reliability, validity, data collection and analysis, and how to draw conclusions borne out by our data.
7. Data Collection in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
In this lesson, we will address a few different methods of data collection and show how they can be used to collect qualitative or quantitative information.
8. Data Analysis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
In this lesson, we'll examine some of the most commonly used statistical methods in industrial-organizational psychology, including how they are used and how to differentiate them from one another.
9. Ethical Issues in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Research
In this lesson, we will look at some of the major ethical issues involved in conducting research in the field of industrial/organizational psychology, with a special focus on protecting the health and privacy of the research participants.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 301: Industrial/Organizational Psychology course
- Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Job Analysis & Evaluation Methods
- Employee Selection: Recruiting & Interviewing
- Performance Management: Evaluating Employee Performance
- Employee Training & Development
- Employee Motivation, Satisfaction & Commitment
- The Psychology of Employee Engagement
- Leadership & Conflict in the Workplace
- The Psychology of Groups
- Teamwork & Teams in the Workplace
- Organizational Development & Change
- Workplace Psychological Health
- Required Assignments for Psychology 301
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