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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

Batman and violence19 May 2017

On July 20, 2012 Americans were shocked by the morning news of a tragedy in Colorado. James Holmes is accused of bursting into a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver suburb of Aurora... more