2H Research Methods Handout

2H Research Methods Handout - Case Studies Instructions You...

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Case Studies Instructions : You will have 10 minutes to complete the following activity in a group of 2-3 students. One of you should be the timekeeper, to ensure that you finish in 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes, you will form a new group consisting of the people at your table. You should be prepared to share your answers below with the new group. Activity : Your group has the task of evaluating the Kitty Genovese case using the case study method. This is a brief description of the case study method: “In a case study, the researcher focuses on a single case, usually an individual, in an effort to accumulate a great deal of information about a psychological topic. Because lots of information is collected about the background and behavior of one person, case studies give the research an important historical perspective that aids in forming hypotheses about the possible causes of a behavior or psychological problem.” So your task is to identify public records and sources that you would like to study to learn as much as you can about the Kitty Genovese case and the people who looked on (did not help) as she was murdered. Consider what records you would like to review, which individuals, etc. (Assume that the same records and people are available to you now as 40 years ago.) Please answer the following questions (spend 1-2 minutes per question):     Can you generate any hypotheses on why people help (or the case of Kitty Genovese,
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2011 for the course PSY 1001 taught by Professor Denkinger during the Spring '08 term at Minnesota.

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