Child Development 133 
Research Methods in Human Development

Sections 04, 68 & 69
Hembree            Spring, 2011

 

Introduction

 

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

   

 

Problems?

2) Authority

 

 

Problems?

             3) Reason/logic 

 

Problem?

4) Common sense 

 

                    Problem?

 

                         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: January, 2011