Understanding Psychology

Chapter 2: Psychological Research Methods and Statistics

Web Activity Lesson Plans

"Researching Bullies"

Students have read about the research methods psychologists use to answer behavioral questions. In this exercise, students will compare studies that describe some of the scientific methods used in psychological research.

Lesson Description
Students will use information from these Web sites to learn about recent studies on bullying in schools. Students will read about the methods used in each of the studies, the questions asked by researchers, the sample groups studied, and the correlations and hypotheses generated. Students will then apply this information by creating their own survey to ask one of the sample groups.

Instructional Objectives
  1. Students will be able to describe the scientific methods employed in the research of specific behavioral questions.
  2. Students will be able to use this knowledge to create their own survey of questions for a sample group.
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