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Ch 4: Sampling in Psychological Research

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons and take self-assessment quizzes to learn about the importance of sampling in psychological research. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Sampling in Psychological Research - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

A sample is simply the group of subjects taking part in a study. Sampling is the complicated five-step process followed by researchers to choose the sample for a given study. This chapter's instructor will introduce you to these steps and help you understand the importance of population, sampling frame, sampling method and sample size, in order to reach the implementation stage.

In the quest for accurate results, researchers are careful to pick their subjects in a random way, and this chapter will help you learn more about random selection and random assignment. As you conclude this study, you should have a firm grasp on the following topics:

  • Sampling in psychological research
  • Population, sample and generalizability
  • Randomization in sampling
  • Participation rate

Video Objective
What is Sampling in Research? - Definition, Methods & Importance Explain the five-step process of sampling. Discuss why effective sampling could be considered the most important step in any research project.
The Relationship Between Population, Sample & Generalizability Explore the relationship between population, sample and generalizability.
Random Assignment in Research: Definition and Importance Describe what random assignment is and why it is so important. Also explain how random assignments may be accomplished.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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