A2 AQA Research Methods Quiz

I used AQA maarkschemes, Psychology A2-The complete companion student book and http://www.simplypsychology.org/science-psychology.html

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

  • Findings of previous research pointed in a particular direction
  • Its easier to write a directional
  • There's no previous research on this subject
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2. A non-directional hypothesis is also known as a two-tailed hypothesis

  • True
  • False

3. When should Spearman's Rho be used?

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

4. What is the purpose of an abstract?

  • To provide a short summary of the study and provide sufficient information to establish whether the report is worth reading
  • To summarise the study
  • Explain the study and its aim

5. What is construct 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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