Introduction, Aims and Hypotheses-
- The introduction should start with a general theory, talking about other research in the area in which you are studying. Only include relevant material, and be concise. If replicating a study, give sufficient information about this.
- This should then lead logically into aims and hypotheses.
- They should be written in the present or future tense.
- They should be properly operationalised and be specific about the experiment.
- State the minimum level of significance that will be acceptable (5% usually) and why this level has been chosen.
- Should be split into 4 sections...
- Choice of method eg- field experiment, observation etc
- Choice of experimental design eg- Independent or repeated measures
- Identification of variables/co-variables
- Identify any confounding variables eg- participant characteristics, explain how you are overcome these variables
- Any ethical implications and how these would be over come.
- How many participants were in the samples
- How they were sampled eg- Volunteer, random, stratified.
- Include any factors that are relevant to experiment eg- Age, gender, education.
- Materials used such as stopwatches or questionnaires, should be in enough detail for it to be repeated.
- Needs to be in DETAIL. Include any pilot studies or preliminary work. It needs to be in enough detail for…