What are the advantages and disadvantages of scientific methods of enquiry in psychology and case studies as a research techniques?
Scientific methods of enquiry are the common research methods; often done through observation, gathering data, forming hypothesis, testing them along with predictions and then interpreting gathered results to conclude the study. There are many advantages and disadvantages to the scientific methods of enquiry; it’s very popular methods for a reason.
The main advantage to the scientific method of enquiry in psychology is that most scientific methods can be repeated or reapplied to fit another experiment, often based on empirical evidence. For example the scientific method used find out information about the universe is though observation, hypothesis, experiment and then verification – this can be applied to many more experiments in life. It’s a good and valid method because it’s reliable and applicable to many situations.
Secondly it’s objective and therefore more reliable because it’s based on solidly confirmed facts rather than biased opinions and if required, the theory or study can be tested again to be proved. This is a strong advantage because often people ignore opinions and statements that aren’t supported by facts and figures and therefore makes the method more approachable.
On the other hand, there are also quite a few disadvantages such…