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Why Scientific Method?

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Q. Why do we use the scientific method – and are there other ways to go about the process of research?

A. We can choose to use the scientific method of research when we are looking to enforce greater control’s over an experiment or investigation.  By adopting an experimental method, investigations can be more easily repeated and this serves as a measure of the reliability of the results.  Additionally expermental methods of research facillitate a means to acquiring quantitative data.  Quantitative data provides objective results which can be more easily generalised.  But it is important to note that there are other methods of investigation, these may include observational studies, questionnaires and case studies but all of which are significantly more difficult to control.  Furthermore the data extracted from case studies is specific to an individual and variable context therefore the data obtained is often subjective and therefore unsuitable for generalisation.

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  1. September 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I strongly agree with the contents of this blog and the statement made about how the scientific method of research ensures greater experimental control. I like the fact that this blog is clear and to the point.

  2. September 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    This is a really good blog, well done (feel a bit like a teacher), it was very clear and understandble. I defiantely think guidelines are needed when researching to ensure the safety of participants etc. However I strongly belive that findings from research need to be used to draw a conclusion rather than manipulate findings to support your own ideas (if this is relevant at all).

  3. October 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Nice one Mel,we’re off with this blogging lark aren’t we! I agree with your views that scientific methods are a necessity to replicating experiments. I also feel that to gain a deeper insight into certain areas of psychology it is also sometimes necessary to turn to Qualitative methods as these represent the why and not just the how.

  4. October 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Like the blog, I agree that scientific methods are a useful way to gather quantitative data, however we still need to be aware that all data can be manipulated to reflect the chosen result.

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