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Exams

  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 3

Learning studies

A technique to try and learn a study is APRC. The numbers tell you how many things to find out and learn about. You’ll need to work out the most important elements – especially for procedure – they can be lengthy and involved!!

  • Aim/s: 2
  • Procedure (Participants, Method): 5-6
  • Results: 2-3 (and learn some of the actual data – it’s expected in the exams)
  • Conclusion: 2-3

You also have to evaluate studies – but you need to link your description (called A01) to your evaluation (called A03).

You can use GRAVE-C to remind yourself/make notes of what evaluation requires:

  • Generalisability
  • Reliability
  • Application to real life
  • Validity
  • Ethics
  • Credibility

Linking A01 to A03

Your workbooks are designed to help you with this. In your essays you are expected to evaluate (strengths and weaknesses) the description you give.

For example:

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A01

Milgram’s Aim – was to see if participants would inflict electric shocks on an innocent person in a teacher-learner scenario.

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A03

Ethics – the aim of the study would be considered unethical as it violates the principle of not causing psychological harm to the participants. Many were extremely distressed by the procedure, although Milgram justified the distress by suggesting that many participants felt they had learned something valuable about themselves from the study.

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A01

Milgram’s Procedure was standardised – and in the original study 40 participants went through the same method and ‘script’.

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A03

Reliability – the standardised procedure ensured that participants received the same experience. This helped with the reliability of the study…

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