Child Development 133 
Research Methods in Human Development

Sections 01 & 05
Hembree            Fall, 2012




I.  The nature of behavioral science and research:

A.   Define “science” and “scientist



B.  Methods

Why should we study research methods?

Exercise:  What’s Wrong?  



C.  Research Methods Course

  • Content



  • Expectations



  • Requirements  


  II.  The Scientific Approach

A. Science as a "way of knowing"

1) Tenacity




2) Authority




             3) Reason/logic 



4) Common sense 




                         5) Science  

  • Systematic empiricism


  • Public verification


  • Solvable problems



B. Science and non-science – or what science can and cannot do…




C. Physical vs. behavioral sciences  






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Updated: August, 2012