An examination of events yet to occur. Determines the correlation between a condition or a characteristic shared by one member of a group noting the variable(s) and the changes that do/do not occur.
What is a retropsective research design?
A review of records from the past, possibly through interview regarding past events. The study is based on making correlations between an event or phenomenon and one that happened in the past.
What does IRB stand for?
Institutional Review Board
What is Medline?
The US database for bibliographic info and sites.
What are the major components of a research article?
Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Notes and Acknowledgements
What should we address in the introduction section?
Rationale, intention, theory. Describe the importance of the study, defend the model, provide a rationale and specific hypothesis or objectives.
Why do we need a methods section?
To document and describe the materials and procedures so the study can be copied or judged for merit. It needs to be very specific so that someone else could replicate the study, or just so that the validity/reliability can be justified. Participants, Materials, and Procedure (including design and validity/reliability).
What do we put in the results section that we don't put in the discussion?
The resuls section is comprised of data. It is objective. Tables and figures are important to show the reader differences, changes, etc.
What is the discussion and conclusion section?
The discussion section is the interpretation of the data presented in the results section; tells if hypothesis was correct and notes limitations. The conclusion gives the summary for implications for the field (not required).
What is the editorial process in Publication?
1. A manuscript is received.
2. An associate editor is assigned.
3. Associate editor sends the manuscript to two editorial consultants.
4. A decision is made:
a. Accept publication
b. Accept w/ contingency that author will make changes.
c. Decision is deferred pending major revisions and another review.
d. Reject publication
Critical reviews are based on which two types of research?
Basic and Applied Research
What are the three types of information sources? Give an example of each.
Primary (first appearance; interview, case study), Secondary (interpret info; article on case study), Tertiary (rudimentary overview; textbook/dictionary)
What is research?
"To search again;" result in confirmation or evidence against known facts and principles; an attempt to answer formerly unanswered questions; search for and discovery of formerly misunderstood or un-conceived principles and facts; a means of discovering a larger general principle
What are the four methods that make up epistemology?
Method of Tenacity, Authority, Intuition, and Science
What must scientific research be?
systematic, controlled, empirical, amoral, and public.
Scientific research depends on which two concepts?
Empiricism (evidence and experience) and Rationalism (logical thought and deductive reasoning)
What is basic research?
Development of knowledge
What is Applied research?
Solves a problem of immediate consequence.
What is descriptive research?
Examines group differences, developmental trends, or relationships among factors thru the use of objective measures
What is experimental research?
Examines causation thru observation of the consequent effects of manipulating certain events or characteristics under controlled conditions
What is the Intuition model?
Scientific theory that facilitates the modeling of phenomena or various processes.
What are the five essential factors of a theory?
1. Accountabilty: ability of a theory to account for most of the existing data w/in its domain.
2. Explanatory relevance: explanation for a phenomena provided by a theory must offer good grounds for believing that the phenomenon would occur under specified conditions
3. Testability: relating to a theory's possibility of failing some empirical test
4. Predictability: ability to predict novel events or new phenomena beyond those for which the theory was originally designed
5. Parsimonious: it should adopt the fewest or simplest set of assumptions in the interpretation of data
What are the three types of Research?
Qualitative, Quantitatie, and Mixed
What are the three types of Quantitative Research?
Experimental, Descriptive, Combined
What are the four types of Qualitative Research?
Observational, Interview, Narrative, and Case Study
What are the three types of Experimental Research?
Bivalent, Multivalent, and Parametric
What is a Bivalent experiment?
Effects of two values of one independent variable on the dependent variable; valuable for categorical independent variables.
What is a Multivalent experiment?
Effects of several values of independent variable on the dependent variable; valuable for continuous indepedent variables.
What is a Parametric experiment?
Simultaneous effects of more than one independent variable on the dependent variable; second independent variable is parameter.