Research Methods

Video: Misunderstanding Scientific Studies (with John Oliver)

On this short (4:05) clip from Last Week Tonight, John Oliver outlines how to be a better consumer of scientific information (e.g., don’t give too much significance to individual studies) and how communication to the public can misinterpret findings altogether.

Principles to Improve Instructional Videos’ Effectiveness

This is an article on The Effortful Educator from Blake Harvard (Twitter: @effortfuleduktr) that reviews “Five ways to increase the effectiveness of instructional video.” Going forward, because more of us will need to create videos for our courses, we should learn as much as we can about making those videos as effective as possible. In …

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NOBA: Research Designs

An article by Christie Napa Scollon that outlines the basics of research designs in psychology, including information about experimental vs. correlational design. This reading would be a good introduction to the topic, or a good review for students who previously took a methods course. You can access the full chapter here.

NOBA: Conducting Research in the Real World

An article by Matthias Mehl that advocates for taking our research out of the lab and exploring phenomena in the real world. The discussion touches on topics like internal/external validity, ecological validity, sampling, as well as several specific/specialized methods related to capturing daily information from participants. The chapter also includes information about conducting research online …

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NOBA: Why Science?

This article by Ed Diener provides a brief primer on the science of psychology. The article focuses on defining science, showing how it applies to psychology, discusses ethical considerations, and why science is so useful in psychology. In any psychology course, but especially research methods, this article would provide students with a really nice introduction …

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Article: Teaching the Foundations of Psychological Science

This chapter from Regan Gurung (Twitter: @ReganARGurung) and Drew Christopher, discusses all aspects of teaching research methods and statistics in psychology from why students need the course, how to organize the course, highlight resources, and discuss challenges in teaching these important courses. Citation: Gurung R.A.R., Christopher A. (2020) Teaching the Foundations of Psychological Science. In: …

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Investigating Claims Made by the Media

This assignment helps students practice scientific literacy and literature searches. Students find a media posting that makes a psychology-related scientific claim and a peer-reviewed research article that speaks to that claim. Students then write an essay evaluating the media claim based on the scientific conclusions. Please click here for the file.

APA Style (7th Edition): Avoiding Several Types of Plagiarism

Students can always use additional information about plagiarism as a refresher. In this handout from the APA, they distinguish between word plagiarism and idea plagiarism, as well as discuss “patchwriting.” (which may be a new concept for students) You can find the handout here.

Activity: Multi-Group Multi-Tasking

In this activity from The Learning Scientists’ blog, students are randomly assigned to one of three groups: recite the alphabet, count to 26, or go both by going back and forth (A-1-B-2, etc.). The dependent variable is how long it takes to complete the task. This could be done in class, but could also be …

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Creating an Effective Online Instructor Presence

This article from the Community College Resource Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, provides information on “Together, these studies shed light on the fact that it is important for online instructors to actively and visibly engage with students in the teaching and learning process—perhaps with even greater intentionality than in face-to-face courses.” Within the 8 …

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Chronicle Advice Guide: How To Be a Better Online Teacher

This article by Flower Darby from The Chronicle of Higher Education “… advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version…” This includes: 10 essential principles and practices of better online teaching Common misperceptions How to find help You can check out the full article here.

Resource: How to Teach a Course in Research Methods for Psychology Students

This book, authored by Ross Seligman Research Methods Professor at Pasadena City College, is (from the website) ” a step-by-step guide for instructors on how to teach a psychology research methods course at the undergraduate or graduate level. It provides various approaches for teaching the course including lecture topics, difficult concepts for students, sample labs, …

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First Day Zoom-Friendly Icebreakers

The switch to online learning means that we will need to switch up many of go-to first day of class icebreaker activities. Importantly, whatever we choose will likely need to work well via video meeting programs like Zoom. Rather than reinvent the wheel, you can check out the suggestions in this article by Eugene Korsunskiy …

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Examples of Sampling Bias and Demand Characteristics through a Daily Show Clip

A clip (5:30) from the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that demonstrates how sampling bias and demand characteristics can lead to misleading conclusions. “Poll Bearers: Cable news polls might not reflect public opinion so much as the ability of viewers to repeat the ideas they just heard.” View the episode here.

First Day Getting to Know You Survey

Establishing a rapport with students is connected to students’ success, interest, and pro-academic behaviors. Rapport can be particularly hard to establish in an online learning environment. One way to help establish rapport is by starting the semester with a survey that helps you get to know the students and their needs. Teachers who do this …

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Video: One-Way ANOVA (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (11:19) from Research by Design described as follows, “Using the same example from the Wizard of Oz involving Munchkins and wicked witches in various regions that we used learning ANOVA by hand, we are going to learn about conducting a one-way ANOVA using SPSS. We will create the dataset in SPSS, conduct a one-way …

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Video: Independent-Samples t-test (SPSS for Beginners)

Video (8:11) from Research by Design and Dr. Todd Daniel, described as follows, “Another way of measuring the difference between two samples is to compare two unrelated groups or participants or samples. In this design, you measure two groups one time; in contrast, the previous paired test measured the same sample two times. With independent …

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