Knowing what research approach is more appropriate than another with a particular research question or population of interest relies heavily upon the type of conclusion that can be drawn from the research. It is stated in the text that, “It is important to evaluate the needs and circumstances of your research project before selecting a design”. (Landrum, R. E. (2012). Having said this, it is inevitable that the researcher is aware of the many factors that go along with research such as, the number of independent variables that are being manipulated, the areas of learning and memory and many more. Therefore, “Often the research question you are interested in dictates the type of design used”. (Landrum, R. E. (2012 sec. 3.1).
In order for psychologists to develop confidence in making these types of decisions it is important to know that the type of design influences the type of conclusion. (Landrum, R. E.). It is important that the psychologist is aware of the different methods of research as well as the limitations of the experiments.
I believe that in order for me as a researcher to build confidence in my abilities, it is important to always understand how to find information on the various research that has already been done, and to study the different methods that have been used in prior experiments. I believe that it is impossible for me to remember every method that is available yet, it is possible to know how to reference research. This should help with confidence building.
Landrum, R. E. (2012). Applied project: Capstone in psychology. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
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