Research: Qualitative and Quantitative


The Following are some of the major Learning Outcomes regarding Research:

  1. Explain the strengths and limitations of a qualitative approach to learning
    1. Strengths:  high ecological validity due to “organic” or natural data created by the participants themselves. Rich detailed and in depth data
    2. Limitations: Time consuming to conduct the research and analysis. Bias and reliability issues
  2. Explain the concepts of validity and reliability
  3. To what extent can findings be generalized from qualitative studies?
  4. Discuss ethical issues and considerations while carrying out research
  5. Discuss sampling techniques appropriate to qualitative research
  6. Explain the effects of participant expectations an researcher bias in qualitative research
  7. Explain the importance of credibility in qualitative research
  8. Explain the purpose of a null and experimental hypothesis
  9. State operational definitions of variables
  10. State independent and dependent variables in an experiment
  11. Outline important differences between experimental and non experimental methods.

***HL Students will need to know details regarding Qualitative Methods of Research contained in pages 343 – 380***

Some Class Notes On Paper 3 content: 

Paper3 Notes

Paper 3 Reflexivity

Paper3 Interview Types

***HL Students will be assessed on their knowledge of qualitative research via PAPER 3*** Below are examples of PAPER 3 with Mark Schemes Below: 

Paper 3 with mark scheme Example

Psychology_paper_3_Narrative interviews

**narrative interview mark scheme: Narrative interviews paper 3 mark scheme

Paper 3 with semi structured interviews

Paper 3 Guidance

To work on achieving mastery of #s1 and 2 above, as well as improve your overall efficacy as an IB psych writer, work through the document on Evaluating Research linked below: 

Evaluating Research Review

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