Methods of Doing Research

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Methods: Doing Research Questions and Answers
1. Give an explanation of quantitative data
Numerical data
2. What are the two different research designs?
Experimental/ research design
Independent measures
3. What is an extraneous variable?
The extra things in research that you have not controlled that may affect the
dependent variable
1. What type of experiment is highly controlled?
Laboratory experiment
2. Name the experiment where the independent variable is not manipulated
Natural experiment
3. Which experiments can be easily replicated?
Laboratory experiments
1. Which study is looking for a relationship between the results?
Correlation study
2. What study looks at one particular point of time?
Cross sectional research
3. Which study is conducted basically with observations and interviews?
Case study
1. What does bias mean?
Being strongly for or against something and your opinion could affect the results
2. Explain experimenter bias
Setting up an experiment and/or interpreting the results to fit a certain idea or
3. Why would people want their results to be non bias?
The results will be more reliable

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Explain the difference between a closed and open question
A closed question involves a yes or no answer whereas a open question involves
a wordy and longer answer
2. Give 3 examples of how a questionnaire can be conducted
Three of: face to face, by post, by telephone or via the internet
3. What is the aim of a questionnaire?
To find out what other people think or do
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