Understanding Research methods is a core component of IB Psychology, and the study of psychology in general for Psychology is indeed a SCIENCE! What makes it a science? Well, you tell me!
If you don’t know the answer to that question, read the following PDF and use it to help you come up with one
Here is another resource that explains the different types of research methods utilized in psychology:
In order to “play” with, and thus understand, these various types of research methods, we’ll engage in a variety of experiences. We’ll watch them in action (documentary, we’ll conduct them ourselves–internal assessment, and we’ll design but not execute).
The activity below necessitates that you design a “Naturalistic Observation” for the purpose of increasing sales at a grocery store:
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:
Reader on Ethics in Research:
Qualitative research also allows for TRIANGULATION. Below is an excellent read on the different types of triangulation.
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):
Guide to Presentation and Formatting:
Internal Assessment Rubric:
Guide to Writing your IA:
Example IA earning an A grade:
Sample intro for IA in cognitive psychology:
Exemplar and Example NEW IAs with examiner notes: HERE
Guide to Writing Exploration Section: HERE
Self Assessment CHECKLIST to be completed when finished: HERE
Information on Types of Data: Nominal, Ordinal, Ratio, Interval