A2 AQA Research Methods Quiz

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1. What is concurrent validity?

  • Taking another measuring instrument and measuring the same participants and comparing the 2 sets of scores/results and if they agree the measure has high validity
  • Taking another measuring instrument and measuring the same participants and comparing the 2 sets of scores/results and if they agree the measure has high validity
  • Seeing how closely the measuring instrument relates to theoretical constructs
  • Ask an expert(s) in the field to assess the measuring instrument to see if they are an accurate measure of the subject
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2. What is empiricism?

  • When all sources of bias are reduced and/or eliminated
  • Idea that only source of knowledge comes from experience
  • Findings of a study can be replicated by other researchers at a different time

3. When should a Mann-Whitney test be used?

  • It finds nominal data, its a test of difference and the categories are independent from one another
  • It's an independent groups design, at least ordinal data is collected and a test of difference
  • It's a matched-pairs or repeated measures design, at least ordinal data has been collected and its a test of difference
  • Its finding a correlation/relationship between 2 variables and its collecting at least ordinal data

4. Why would a directional hypothesis be used instead of a non-directional?

  • There's no previous research on this subject
  • Findings of previous research pointed in a particular direction
  • Its easier to write a directional

5. What is construct validity

  • Seeing how closely the measuring instrument relates to theoretical constructs
  • Ask an expert(s) in the field to assess the measuring instrument to see if they are an accurate measure of the subject
  • Taking another measuring instrument and measuring the same participants and comparing the 2 sets of scores/results and if they agree the measure has high validity

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