Field experiments

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  • Field experiments
    • favoured by interpretivists
      • natural environment, natural behaviour
      • verstehen
      • can be generalised
      • no hawthorne effect
      • high ecological validity
    • collecting data in a natural environment but manipulating the IV
      • Rosenthal and jacobson
        • spurters, 47% made significant progress
        • ethical issues- those with no help had lower IQ's later in life
    • limitations
      • unethical- p's aren't aware theyre being watched- no informed consent
      • practical- cant study past/ control all variables
      • theoretical- not favoured by positivists- difficult to replicate/ generalise


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