What psychological research method works best? Students will be totally engaged in this lesson that urges them to think about the pros and cons of each type of research method. By analyzing various sources and active participation, students will come to understand research methods common in Psychology like naturalistic observations, laboratory method, survey method, and case studies.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) For the Bell Ringer, students will respond to a set of survey questions and conduct a survey with classmates. A discussion of the reliability of these questions will follow.
2) Read an article about the prevalence and unreliability of student surveys.
3) In groups of 2-3, students will first individually read an article about a specific research method used in psychology and collect evidence about what the pros and cons of these methods are. After they have collected their evidence, group members will discuss their findings.
4) Groups will then report their findings with the entire class and the teacher will provide feedback.
5) Students will conclude the lesson with an exit ticket that asks them to explain which research method is best considering the advantages and disadvantages of each.
6) BONUS: Jane Goodall Video Clip about her naturalistic observations.
Answer Key and Rubric Included!
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