How can i revise for Research Methods chapter in PSY1

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what techniques can i use to remember the components of research methods as it has no studys

Posted Sat 6th April, 2013 @ 15:19 by shakira

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The main thing is knowing the vocabulary and what it means. It depends what board you’re doing but usually applying what you know is more important than giving definitions – e.g. if the exam question outlines a little experiment, can you tell whether it’s repeated measures or independent groups. I only know AQA (A) where they sometimes ask for definitions but only where it’s quite straightforward. It’s worth finding a copy of the specification you’re doing and making a list of all the technical vocab used in the research methods section. You could create flashcards or something and see whether you can give reasonable definitions or examples – though remember it doesn’t have to be a textbook definition because you’re unlikely to be asked that for most of the terms. I also find it useful to pick two terms at once and see if you can find and explain a connection between them – e.g. how might content analysis be used in a case study or what ethical issues are relevant to a field experiment.

This is a list from AQA(A).

Aims

Behavioural categories

British Psychological Society (BPS) Code of Ethics

Case studies

Content analysis

Control

Correlation coefficients

Correlational analysis

Demand characteristics

Dependent variables

Directional hypotheses

Ethical issues

Experimental design

Experimental method

Extraneous variables

Field experiments

Graphs

Hypotheses

Independent groups

Independent variables

Interviews

Investigator effects

Laboratory experiments

Matched pairs

Mean

Measures of central tendency

Measures of dispersion

Median

Mode

Natural experiments

Naturalistic observations

Negative correlations

Non-directional hypotheses

Observational techniques

Operationalisation of variables

Opportunity sampling

Participants

Pilot studies

Positive correlations

Qualitative data

Quantitative data

Questionnaires

Random sampling

Ranges

Reliability

Repeated measures

Sampling techniques

Scattergrams

Self-report techniques

Standard deviation

Validity

Volunteer sampling

Also, if you’re aiming for an A, it makes sense to learn the following as well:

Condition

Confidentiality

Counterbalancing

Covert

Deception

Debriefing

Double blind

Ethics committee

Event sampling

Everyday life

External validity

Informed consent

Internal validity

Inter-rater reliability

Order effects

Overt

Presumptive consent

Prior general consent

Privacy

Protection from harm

Right to withdraw

Single blind

Standardised procedures

Target population

Time sampling

True experiment

Answered Sat 6th April, 2013 @ 16:25 by janet m
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ive done revision notes on research methods! hav a look nd dnt 4get to leave a comment :)

Answered Tue 9th April, 2013 @ 09:35 by aneesah