Week 3 – Discussion 1
Conducting psychological research generally involves collecting a large amount of data. In order to summarize and draw conclusions about the data, we must first have some knowledge about the various statistical concepts. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics are what we use to describe or summarize the data and make conclusions and predictions about a population. How variables are defined and measured is critically important in order to evaluate the validity of the research.
· Provide one example (your own) of each measurement scale, and provide an example (your own) of how a variable might be measured by different scales.
· Explain which of these you found most challenging to identify and why.
Your post should be at least 300 words.
Malec, T. & Newman, M. (2013). Research methods: Building a knowledge base. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. ISBN-13: 9781621785743, ISBN-10: 1621785742.
Section 1.6: Writing a Research Proposal
Chapter 2: Research Design, Measurement, and Testing Hypotheses
Appendix: Example of a Research Proposal
Ijalba, E. (2014). Using qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct research in parent education with immigrant families of children with autism spectrum disorders. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/978144627305014533926
Anderson, J. D. (2006). Qualitative and quantitative research. Available at http://web20kmg.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/82037432/QualitativeandQuantitativeEvaluationResearch.pdf (Links to an external site.)
Park, J., & Park, M. (2016). Qualitative versus quantitative research methods: Discovery or justification? Journal Of Marketing Thought, 3(1), 1-7. doi: 10.15577/jmt.2016.03.01.1
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