A47RE Research Methods and Analysis 2 - Practical 4 - Design research of your own

A47RE Research Methods and Analysis 2 - Practical 4 - Design research of your own

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Unformatted text preview: A47RE Research Methods and Analysis 2 Practical 4 – Design research of your own Overview • So far you have carried out three projects that have been designed for you – You have had no experience of designing research – You have had to write an introduction for only one practical (i.e. the last one) • This final practical aims to give you experience of designing research and writing introductions • In pairs, you will think up a piece of research and then write the introduction and the method section for this, as though you have actually done the research Step 1. Getting the idea • You will be planning a project in any area of psychology you choose • You should look at some textbooks to get an overview of the field you are interested in • Use these to devise a research question, based on something that has not been investigated before – e.g. research on X has never looked at the effect of Y, even though it seems sensible to assume that Y would influence X – As you will not be actually carrying out the research you can propose to do anything • e.g., you can propose research using a sample of professional footballers, astronauts, major political leaders, pop stars – Constraints • The research must be ethical (i.e. nothing that proposes putting your research participants in danger or which might have a long-term impact on their well-being) • The research must have some tenuous hold on reality (i.e. no research that looks at the effect of living on Venus) – The aim is simply to get you thinking about how to devise research so ‘anything goes’ – Anything you want to ask??? Step 2. Doing the write-up • Title, Introduction, Method, References, Appendix • No abstract, results, or discussion • Write as a pair Title • As per usual – Around 10-15 words • The effect of X on Y • The relationship between X and Y Introduction...
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 101 taught by Professor North during the Spring '11 term at Heriot-Watt.

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A47RE Research Methods and Analysis 2 - Practical 4 - Design research of your own

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