Research Design Explained (8th Edition)

Key Issues

In this chapter, we address four questions:

  1. What is science?

  2. Is psychology a science (even though its apparatus and subject matter is different from that of older sciences)?

  3. Why is it good that psychology is a science? (One reason is that science is productive; see photos below)
    The Psychological Abstracts summarizing journal articles for the year 1927 are contained in a single slim volume. The Psychological Abstracts summarizing journal articles for the year 2007 occupy multiple thick volumes. So, by one objective measure, what was learned about psychology in 2007 dwarfs what was learned in 1927: visual evidence of scientific psychology's progress.  

  4. Why is it important for students to understand research methodology?

 


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