Ch 6: Statistics in Psychological Research Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Statistics in Psychological Research chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the roles statistics and statistical analysis play in psychological research in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Statistics in Psychological Research 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Statistics and statistical analysis Scientific method, hypothesis and data; descriptive and inferential statistics
Tuesday Descriptive statistics and measures of central tendency Parts and statistics in a descriptive data set; standard deviation, variance, frequency distribution, histogram, mean, median and mode
Wednesday Measures of variability and inferential statistics Range, standard deviation and variance; types of inferential statistics, T-tests, analysis of variance and p-value
Thursday Hypothesis testing and statistical significance Comparing the null and alternative hypothesis; basic principle of statistical significance, critical regions, type I and type II errors
Friday Psychological tests Standardization and norms; types of tests, psychological measurement, norm-referenced tests and criterion-referenced tests

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: Statistics in Psychological Research Lesson Plans
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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.

Statistical Analysis for Psychology: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics

2. 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.

What Are Descriptive Statistics? - Definition and Uses

3. What Are Descriptive Statistics? - Definition and Uses

This lesson is a simple walk-through of the common types of descriptive statistics and why they are important for understanding psychological research. You will likely be familiar with many of them but some you may not be.

Frequency Distributions: Definition & Types

4. Frequency Distributions: Definition & Types

This lesson explores the process of creating frequency distributions and histograms to give readers of your future scientific articles a numerical or visual way to understand the data you have presented.

Mean, Median & Mode: Measures of Central Tendency

5. Mean, Median & Mode: Measures of Central Tendency

By describing the data using central tendency, a researcher and reader can understand what the typical score looks like. In this lesson, we will explore in more detail these measures of central tendency and how they relate to samples and populations.

Measures of Variability: Range, Variance & Standard Deviation

6. Measures of Variability: Range, Variance & Standard Deviation

Looking specifically at range, variance, and standard deviation, this lesson explores the relationship between these measures and samples, populations, and what it says about your data.

Inferential Statistics for Psychology Studies

7. 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.

Hypothesis Testing: Comparing the Null & Alternative Hypothesis

8. Hypothesis Testing: Comparing the Null & Alternative Hypothesis

This lesson explores the process of comparing the null and the alternative hypothesis, as well as how to differentiate between the two after your testing is done.

Statistical Significance: Definition, Levels & Critical Regions

9. Statistical Significance: Definition, Levels & Critical Regions

This lesson explores the basic principle of statistical significance and why it is important to understand when performing nearly any statistical test.

Standardization and Norms of Psychological Tests

10. 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 Tests: Norm-Referenced vs. Criterion-Referenced

11. 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.

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