Assignment: Strengths And Limitations

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Assignment: Strengths And Limitations

Assignment: Strengths And Limitations

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Analysis and Report

During this lesson, you’ve learned about the variety of research methodologies that psychologist scientist may choose to use in answering a research question.  Now it’s your turn to think carefully through a research question and choose an appropriate method.

The research question:

Does playing violent video games increase aggressive behavior in children?

Suppose you have the whole range of research techniques/methods at your disposal.  You also have all the time and money you might need to test out this question.  You do NOT have superpowers, though, so you’re still constrained by the laws of physics (no invisibility cloaks, super-hearing, or time travel please!).

Your task is the following:

First, what is your independent and dependent variable for this research question? Now, choose TWO different research methods (case study, naturalistic observation, survey, experiment, etc.) and address the following questions in a 2-3 page paper (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font):

  • How would you go about answering this research question for EACH of the two research methods you chose?  Be specific and outline the exact procedure you’d use for each method.
  • Identify at least ONE strength and ONE weakness for each of the two research methods you chose.
  • Discuss the reliability and validity of the actual measurement tools you’d be using for each of the two methods.
  • Finally, discuss whether or not EACH research method you chose would allow for you to make conclusions about causality between violent video game playing and aggressive behavior.

Submit your write-up in the Assignments Tool, “Major Assignment – Research Design: Strengths and Limitations”.

Be sure to check the Calendar for due dates.

Because of its strengths, case study is a particularly appealing design for applied fields of study such as education, social work, administration, health, and so on. An applied field’s processes, problems, and programs can be examined to bring about understanding that in turn can affect and perhaps even improve practice. Case study has proven particularly useful for studying educational innovations, evaluating programs, and informing policy.

 

Folks:

The posting below looks at, as the title suggests, the strengths and limitations of case studies research.  It is from Chapter 3, Qualitative Case Study Reseaarch in the book Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation by Sharan B. Merriam.   Revised and Expanded from Qualitative Research and Case Study Applications in Education.    Copyright 2009 by John Wiley & Sons Inc. [ www.josseybass.com ] All rights reserved.  Published by Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint 989 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741.

Regards,

Rick Reis

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