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How are research questions developed?
- Identifying/recognizing social problems
- reviewing previous research
- personal theories
What are the different methods for gathering participants along with advantages and disadvantages?
- Obtaining a representative sample (people who fit the specified criteria set for the study) advantage: provides good information for the study. disadvantage: can be difficult to nearly impossible to obtain a truly representative sample, you may be able to obtain a few that fit the sample but not the whole sample
- Obtaining a convenience sample (anyone who roughly fits the study criteria and is "conveniently" available) advantage: easy to obtain participants for sample as they are widely available. disadvantage: does not necessarily fit your criteria as well and can be less favorable to your results.
What are the different research designs?
How can a particular setting affect the results of a study?
Collecting data in a lab can prevent true and accurate relationship data from occurring but you cannot always obtain data from natural situations as it can be difficult to control for outside influences for identifying possible causal relationships.
What are the different methods for collecting data?
- physiological measurements
- archival evidence
What are the ethics of research?
It is important to inform participants about what the study involves so as to try and prevent any problems from forming in the participant's relationships due to effects from participation in the research (discovering information from research questions that could be troubling to participants)
What do statistics tell us about data?
Statistics help show us whether there is any significance to the data that was collected or not and if that significance is correlational or causal
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