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As Unit 3 - Research Methods

1) Key Issues

Reliability – This is whether, if you repeated the experiment, you would get the same results.

Validity – This is how far the findings of the research actually provide a true picture of what is being studied. Data can be reliable without being valid

Ethics – this is the morality of the of study. This involves:

  • The sensitivities of those helping with their research.
  • Finding reported should be accurately and honestly reported
  • The physical, social and mental well-being of people who help shouldn’t be harmed
  • The privacy of participants shouldn’t be invaded
  • It should be clear what you are doing, why you are doing it and what you will do with the findings. This is “consent”

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