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Understanding Measurements in Research - Chapter Summary
You can use the lessons in this chapter to learn about measurements in research. Our instructors review various types of measurements, such as direct, indirect, and constructs. This chapter can also cement your knowledge of different vocabulary words associated with measurements in research. After reviewing the lessons, you could be ready to:
- Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative measurement
- Explain why measurement in the research process is important
- Provide an overview of direct and indirect measurements
- Recall scales often used for research measurement
The lessons in this chapter are a convenient and engaging way to learn about measurements in research. If you get stuck on a topic, you have access to experts that can answer your questions. There are many other helpful features, such as the ability to take a self-assessment quiz for each lesson to ensure you understand the topics covered.
1. The Importance of Measurement in the Research Process
Why is it important to measure variables in a study? And, how do you go about doing it? In this lesson, we'll examine the importance of measurement, along with some common types of psychological measurement.
2. The Difference Between Qualitative & Quantitative Measurement
In research, there are generally two types of data. In this lesson, we'll look at quantitative and qualitative measurement, when each are used, and how researchers can sometimes use both.
3. Types of Measurement: Direct, Indirect & Constructs
How do you measure psychological traits? In this lesson, we'll look at how psychologists measure traits, including direct and indirect observation. We will also explore why psychological traits are so difficult to measure.
4. Commonly Used Research Measurement Scales
How do you measure a person's thoughts or feelings when you can't see them? In this lesson, we'll look at common measurement scales that psychologists use when examining thoughts and feelings.
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