Research Methods Key Words

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1. What is a "paradigm"?

  • set of assumptions that challenges all views of psychology
  • set of assumptions that the subject matter of discipline and the methods used to study it
  • several sets of ideas which is used to shape science
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2. What is "Inter-rater Reliability"?

  • how the findings match in comparison with different observers
  • the degree of agreement between different observations
  • how well the observers observe the study

3. What is "Objectivity"?

  • a term which refers to the aspect of studying objects rather than people
  • views being based on observation and not on personal opinions or emotion
  • a view being solely based on the observers opinions

4. What is "Empiricism"?

  • a view which suggests that experience is central to the development of knowledge
  • a view which suggests that mathematical data is essential
  • a view which suggests that experience does not effect the development of knowledge

5. What does "Operationalised" mean?

  • a variable is given an operationalised definition
  • when a variable is given a specific name
  • when variables are given rational definitions


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