Internal Assessment & Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research

Qualitative research is different from quantitative research in that it deals with qualitative data. In essence, It is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It provides insights into the problem or helps to develop ideas or hypotheses for potential quantitative research

The following short reading is a great primers on the nuances of qualitative research: 

Intro to Qualitative

The activity below necessitates that you design a “Naturalistic Observation” for the purpose of increasing sales at a grocery store: 

Understanding Observational Research

Reader on Ethics in Research:

Ethics in Research

Qualitative research also allows for TRIANGULATION. Below is an excellent read on the different types of triangulation. 


Internal Assessment

The internal assessment is worth 25% of your overall IB psychology grade! It is an EASY way to help yourself get that desired 6 or 7 !

The following documents will be IMMENSELY helpful to you while you engage in the Internal Assessment Process: 

A List of IB Approved Studies to Replicate (this is not exhaustive): 

IA Creation Step 1: Theory and Investigation Choice

IB Guide Description: Includes Presentation and Formatting information as well as requirements: 

Presentation Requirements and Word Count Info

Internal Assessment Rubric: 


Guide to Writing your IA: 

A Overall Guide to Writing your IA HERE !!! SO HELPFUL

Example IA earning an A grade: 22 point IA as graded by the IB

Guide to Writing Introduction Section: HERE
Guide to Writing Exploration Section: HERE
Guide to Writing Analysis Section: HERE
Evaluation Peer Edit and Guide to writing Evaluation Section: HERE
Class Strengths / Limitations Brainstorm: HERE
Parent Permission form students should include in appendix if participants under 16: Parent Permission Form Psych IA
What Type of Data Do I have?????? An explanation of all things: Nominal, Interval and Ordinal HERE

Order of Operations Guide to Creating the Internal Assessment According to Mr. Kuykendall

Self Assessment CHECKLIST to be completed when finished: HERE

Data Analysis:

Instructional Video on how to acquire “EXPECTED VALUES” for the Chi Squared TEXT

Information on Types of Data: Nominal, Ordinal, Ratio, Interval

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