Talking about research
In addition to having students understand the particulars of experimental (quantitative) vs non-experimental (qualitative) research, it is important that students are able to discuss general issues of research, regardless of the nature of data collection.
These issues include:
What are the strengths and limitations of an individual study?
What the ethical considerations that psychologists must make when designing and carrying out research?
How can research be applied to improve the world we live in?
How does research change the way that we think about ourselves?
This section of the site contains various activities in which students look at non-methodological questions about research. In addition to the above questions, some of the activities have the goal of developing literacy skills in our students - that is, how to read for understanding.
Several of the activities in this section we do in our introductory unit on research; however, many of them could be used at any point in the course in order to introduce, revise, or extend understanding of research.