Assessment Brief: Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology
Section 1a –interviews-200 words
Section 1b –thematic analysis-1,500 words
Section 2a –Research proposal-1,500 words
Section 2b –Data Analysis-300 words
Total=3,500 words or more. Thank you so much.
SECTION 1a: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
A RESEARCHER HAS CONDUCTED A SERIES OF IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS USING A SEMI-STRUCTURED INTERVIEW SCHEDULE WITH STUDENTS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES OF LEAVING HOME AND MOVING TO UNIVERSITY. EACH INTERVIEW LASTED APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR AND WAS RECORDED USING A DICTAPHONE WITH THE CONSENT OF EACHINTERVIEWEE.
Read the LOUISE transcript (attached) and then answer questions a to d.
- a) Describe the differences between a semi-structured and a structured interview
- b) State one advantage of using a semi-structured interview
- c) State one advantage of using a structured interview
- d) Give one example of a semi-structured interview question that the researcher might ask during this study
(b) Thematic Analysis (maximum 1500 words)
You are required to provide a Thematic Analysis of the provided section from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) ‘Louise’ section. You are asked only to provide the ANALYSIS section and not an entire Qualitative Research Report.
(a) State the research question used to guide your analysis,
(b) State two themes that emerged during your analysis; each theme should be supported by at least one extract and an analysis of this extract
(c) Include a brief statement about how your analysis relates back to your research question.
You need to read the transcript and then develop the research question. The coursework was designed this way to make it easier for you so that you could position your epistemological stance and set a question to suit.
I would have a look online for relevant articles. The following article should get
htps://ulir.ul.ie/bitstream/handle/1 344/5588/Doody_2 13_preparing.pdf?sequence=1
The above paper should give you a good overview and a nice starting point. You can also consult the textbooks e.g. Coolican (2 14) Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (6th Edn.) – Especially chapter 7.
Section 2: COURSEWORK
(a) Quantitative Research Proposal (maximum 1500 words)
This Assessment component is made up of two sections.
Section 1: Quantitative Research Proposal
You are asked to develop an appropriate quantitative research proposal for either a correlational study or a differences design based on the analytical strategies and ethical considerations you have learned in the Module. The research area you choose must be related to one of the core areas of psychology (biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and social) and be grounded in existing psychological research.
Your Introduction should include relevant supporting research to show why and how the research question and design has been developed. For this word count it would be expected to include at least 10 supporting references. If appropriate to the type of design used, also include a priori power analysis to justify the intended sample size proposed.
The proposal should be 1500 words in length, excluding the Title and the References.
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