Essay on Research Methods

1038 Words Feb 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Psychological Factors
Heather Mingee
Research Methods
Week 10 Assignment 2
Instructor Joseph Davis

Psychological Factors
The scientific method is an organized way of figuring something out and normally includes six parts (Galgas, 2014). The first step is to state my purpose. For example, for this assignment, my purpose would be to examine the psychological factors affecting how teenagers in an impoverished urban area spend their time outside of school. Second is my research. For my assignment, I would find out as much information on the area as possible. For example, I would talk to teachers to see what kind of after school programs are available and I would talk to the community to find out what kind of community programs are
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Fourth, ethical norms in research also help to build public support for research. People more likely to fund research project if they can trust the quality and integrity of research. Finally, many of the norms of research promote a variety of other important moral and social values, such as social responsibility, human rights, animal welfare, compliance with the law, and health and safety. Ethical lapses in research can significantly harm human and animal subjects, students, and the public. For example, a researcher who fabricates data in a clinical trial may harm or even kill patients, and a researcher who fails to abide by regulations and guidelines relating to radiation or biological safety may jeopardize his health and safety or the health and safety of staff and students (Resnik, 2011).
The sources that I would have used to research my hypothesis would be teachers, students, and the internet. I could use teachers and students as a source because they would know about any after school activities that the school may conduct and the students would know of all the places that kids like to frequent in their spare time. I could also use the internet in order to gain any information on any of the community activities that are being held, however this could have a downfall if the website is not…

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