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New curriculum textbook20 May 2017
This section of the site serves as a textbook for the new curriculum. Jette and I have decided not to publish a traditional textbook, but rather to provide a text that students and teachers can use online.... more
HL: Understanding observationsfree20 May 2017
The type of observation chosen by a researcher will depend on the aims and objectives of an investigation.Extraneous variables and participant effects may influence the validity of an observation. more
Qualitative research methodsfree20 May 2017
Qualitative research methods produce descriptive data that is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations for an individual or group's behaviour.The goals of qualitative... more
Fundamentals of research20 May 2017
Research is described in terms of its aim, procedure, results and findings.The type of sample that is used affects the value of a study.Psychologists must follow ethical guidelines when carrying out research... more
HL: Understanding case studies20 May 2017
Case studies study a behaviour over time through the use of triangulation.Case studies are often seen as more credible than other research methods.There are limitations in the extent to which a case study... more
HL: Concepts in qualitative research20 May 2017
Qualitative research is based on an interpretation approach that is more subjective than quantitative research.Qualitative research cannot be generalized to the same extent as quantitative research. more
Quantitative research methods20 May 2017
Psychologists do not "prove" anything; they either support or refute a hypothesis.A researcher will choose the method or methods that are most suitable for a specific research study.Quantitative research... more
Discussing research20 May 2017
Throughout this course we will be looking at many different ways to discuss and evaluate research. It is important that we are able to look at the strengths and limitations of psychological research,... more
Ethics in research20 May 2017
Another important consideration in research is that participants should be treated in an ethical manner. Psychologists now agree to follow certain ethical standards in order to avoid harming participants. more