DE200 Methods Day
The Methods Overview Day focusses on the methods students will encounter in DE200.
Understanding research methods is critical for success in the module as well as providing an essential foundation for third level study, which assumes an understanding of these methods. It is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and the questions they can or can’t address. You will also need to apply some of the methods in your TMAs (TMA02 requires statistical analysis of an experiment and TMA04 involves a thematic analysis). The methods overview day addresses both aspects; providing a grounding for both sensible discussion and evaluation of the different types of method (including experimentation; use of questionnaires; and text based qualitative methods); and the basis of how to use these methods in practical assignments.
Structure of the day:
The day comprises four sessions. Subject areas are:
Session 1: Overall framework of approaches and methods; qualitative analysis (including a discussion of how the method has been applied to the study of gender development)
Session 2: Experimental approach, statistics and SPSS (including a discussion of how to evaluate experimental studies)
Session 3: Questionnaires; correlations and group difference studies (including a discussion of how the method was applied to the study of morality development)
Session 4: Doing well in DE200 (including how to prepare for the exam and how to write good essays)
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