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Research Methods in Psychology - Part 1

An introductory course in the research methods used in psychology - suitable for AS / A-level Psychology, or as a standalone course.
Dr Steph Acaster
200 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$12 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 7 weeks
No live meetings
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Class Experience

Learners should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following research methods, scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis, be familiar with their use, and be aware of their strengths and limitations.

- Experimental method. Types of experiment, laboratory and field experiments; natural and quasi-experiments.
- Observational techniques. Types of observation: naturalistic and controlled observation; covert and overt observation; participant and non-participant observation.
- Self-report techniques. Questionnaires; interviews, structured and unstructured.
- Correlations, including the difference between correlations and experiments.
- Aims: stating aims, the difference between aims and hypotheses.
- Hypotheses: directional and non-directional.
- Sampling: the difference between population and sample; sampling techniques including: random, systematic, stratified, opportunity and volunteer; implications of sampling techniques, including bias and generalisation.
- Pilot studies and the aims of piloting.
- Experimental designs: repeated measures, independent groups, matched pairs.
- Observational design: behavioural categories; event sampling; time sampling.
- Questionnaire construction, including use of open and closed questions; design of interviews.
- Variables: manipulation and control of variables, including independent, dependent, extraneous, confounding; operationalisation of variables.
- Control: random allocation and counterbalancing, randomisation and standardisation.
- Demand characteristics and investigator effects.
- Ethics, including the role of the British Psychological Society/American Psychological Association’s code of ethics; ethical issues in the design and conduct of psychological studies; dealing with ethical issues in research.
- Quantitative and qualitative data; the distinction between qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques.
- Descriptive statistics: measures of central tendency – mean, median, mode; calculation of mean, median and mode; measures of dispersion; range and standard deviation; calculation of range; calculation of percentages; positive, negative and zero correlations.
- Presentation and display of quantitative data: graphs, tables, scattergrams, bar charts, histograms.
- Distributions: normal and skewed distributions; characteristics of normal and skewed distributions.
- Analysis and interpretation of correlation, including correlation coefficients.
I have a PhD in Psychology and experience of tutoring for A-level (UK school ages 16-18) since February 2018, as well as teaching university level research methods for Psychology students since 2014.
No specific requirements for most activities. Note-taking materials are recommended. The sampling activity will require dice (this can be an online one - doesn't have to be a physical one). The mathematical activities will require a calculator (a scientific calculator is best, but you can use a phone/computer calculator with care).
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.


Dr Steph Acaster
Lives in the United Kingdom
Online Educator and Psychology PhD graduate #UKteacher
200 total reviews
273 completed classes

About Me

I love learning, and I enjoy exploring knowledge and finding new ways to combine topics or teach them in different ways. I am a full-time online educator and I teach a range of subject areas, including Psychology, Math(s), Biology, and... 
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