Research Method in Psychology: Academic Task

 

Research Method in Psychology: Academic Task

Your Base Group also provides a structure for completing academic tasks, especially those involving critical discourse. Research suggests that critical

discourse becomes easier and more effective in the context of positive relationships (Johnson, 2000). You may recognize this effect in your own life

when you consider those people in your life with whom you engage in most conflict. Ironically perhaps, we are much more likely to have conflict with

those people who are closest to us, be it our partner, close friend, parent, etc. This does not necessarily mean that we don’t have conflict with other

people, but rather that we often avoid conflict in formal contexts. During the course of each module, I hope that your Base Group becomes an

increasingly safe place for individual members to share in critical discourse – that is, to engage in the process of formulating (e.g., summarizing,

elaborating) and fermenting complex ideas (criticizing ideas, asking for justification, taking an alternative viewpoint, etc).

Answer the following questions based on The Life Changing Effect of Hanging Out video: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000004818671/the-life-

changing-magic-of-hanging-out.html
-In the opening minute, TV host Heather McGhee poses a theory about how to reduce racism to the caller. What is the theory? How did the researchers use

data to test the theory?
-Work through the theory-data cycle: Did the data support Ms. McGhee’s theory, or not? (Figure 1.5)

Answer the following questions based on “10 Years In, Tulsa’s Pre-K Investment Is Paying Off” video:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/08/438354999/10-years-in-tulsas-pre-k-investment-is-paying-off
-What kind of study is this? What are its independent and dependent variables? This is one of those studies that has multiple dependent variables. Make

sure you include all of them in your answer!
-On what source of information (from Chapter 2) is Principal Coleman basing her beliefs? What are some problems with that source of information?

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