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Discover the principles of solid scientific methods in the behavioral and social sciences. Join us and learn to separate sloppy science from solid research! This course will cover the fundamental principles of science, some history and philosophy of science, research designs, measurement, sampling and ethics. The course is comparable to a university level introductory course on quantitative research methods in the social sciences, but has a strong focus on research integrity. We will use examples from sociology, political sciences, educational sciences, communication sciences and psychology....
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Before we get started...

In this first module we'll consider the basic principles of the scientific method, its history and its philosophies. But before we start talking methods, I'll give you a broad sense of what the course is about and how it's organized. Are you new to Coursera or still deciding whether this is the course for you? Then make sure to check out the 'Introduction' and 'What to expect' section below, so you'll have the essential information you need to decide and to do well in this course! If you have any questions about the course format, deadlines or grading, you'll probably find the answers here. Are you a Coursera veteran and anxious to get started? Then you might want to skip ahead to the first course topic: the Origins of the Scientific Method. You can always check the general information later. Veterans and newbies alike: Don't forget to introduce yourself in the 'meet and greet' forum!...
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2 个视频(共 6 分钟), 9 个阅读材料
Video2 个视频
Welcome to quantitative methods!3分钟
Reading9 个阅读材料
Hi there!10分钟
How to navigate this course10分钟
How to contribute10分钟
General info - What will I learn in this course?10分钟
Course format - How is this course structured?10分钟
Requirements - What resources do I need?10分钟
Grading - How do I pass this course?10分钟
Contact - How do I stay informed?10分钟
Team - Who created this course?10分钟
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完成时间为 5 小时

Origins of the scientific method

Science is all about gaining knowledge, coming up with the best possible explanations of the world around us. So how do we decide which explanation is the best one? How do we make sure our explanations are accurate? How do we determine we actually know something? In science we try to resolve these questions by using a set of principles and procedures called the scientific method. You need to know its historical and philosophical 'origin story' to really understand the scientific method and to fully appreciate how hard it is to apply the scientific method in the social and behavioral sciences! ...
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14 个视频(共 85 分钟), 9 个阅读材料, 2 个测验
Video14 个视频
1.02 Scientific Method8分钟
1.03 Scientific Claims5分钟
1.04 Classical Period8分钟
1.05 Enlightenment6分钟
1.06 Modern Science7分钟
1.07 Epistemology4分钟
1.08 Ontology5分钟
1.09 Approaches7分钟
1.10 Goals5分钟
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 1 of 4)3分钟
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 2 of 4)2分钟
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 3 of 4)8分钟
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 4 of 4)7分钟
Reading9 个阅读材料
What makes knowledge scientific?10分钟
What are the essential qualities of a systematic method?10分钟
What's the difference between a hypothesis and a theory?10分钟
Who developed the scientific method and when?10分钟
What is your philosophy of science?10分钟
Do you prefer your science hard or soft?10分钟
Honor Code - Integrity in this course10分钟
Transcripts: Origins10分钟
About the interview10分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Origins20分钟

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The Scientific Method

In the first module we discussed how the scientific method developed, general philosophical approaches and the types of knowledge science aims to find. In this second module we'll make these abstract principles and concepts a little more concrete by discussing the empirical cycle and causality in more detail. We’ll see how, and in what order these concepts are implemented when we conduct a research study. We'll also consider the main criteria for evaluating the methodological quality of a research study: Validity and reliability. The focus will be on internal validity and how internal validity can be threatened....
Reading
13 个视频(共 68 分钟), 8 个阅读材料, 3 个测验
Video13 个视频
2.02 (Dis)confirmation4分钟
2.03 Criteria5分钟
2.04 Causality3分钟
2.05 Internal Validity Threats: Participants4分钟
2.06 Internal Validity Threats: Instruments5分钟
2.07 Internal Validity Threats: Artificiality5分钟
2.08 Internal Validity Threats: Research setup5分钟
2.09 Variables of Interest4分钟
2.10 Variables of Disinterest5分钟
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 1 of 3)5分钟
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 2 of 3)5分钟
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 3 of 3)6分钟
Reading8 个阅读材料
What would be your 'recipe' for the scientific method?10分钟
What will it take for you to accept a hypothesis?10分钟
What do you look for in a good research study?10分钟
How do you identify what caused an effect?10分钟
What makes a causal explanation less likely?10分钟
What different relations and roles can variables have?10分钟
Transcripts: Scientific Method10分钟
About the interview10分钟
Quiz2 个练习
Informed Consent Form2分钟
Scientific Method20分钟

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Research Designs

In the previous module we discussed the empirical cycle, causality and the criteria for methodological quality, focusing on threats to internal validity. In this module we'll consider the most frequently used research designs and we'll see how they address threats to internal validity. We'll look at experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational designs, as well as some other designs you should be familiar with. To understand and appreciate these designs we will discuss some general concepts such as randomization and matching in a little more detail....
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15 个视频(共 74 分钟), 8 个阅读材料, 2 个测验
Video15 个视频
3.02 Factorial Designs3分钟
3.03 Repeated Measures3分钟
3.04 Manipulation5分钟
3.05 Lab vs. Field5分钟
3.06 Randomization6分钟
3.07 Experimental Designs4分钟
3.08 Matching6分钟
3.09 Quasi-Experimental Designs6分钟
3.10 Correlational Designs4分钟
3.11 Other Designs3分钟
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 1 of 4)5分钟
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 2 of 4)6分钟
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 3 of 4)4分钟
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 4 of 4)3分钟
Reading8 个阅读材料
What are the essential features of a true experiment?10分钟
What are other ways of comparing?10分钟
How do manipulation and control work (in the lab vs the field)?10分钟
What experimental designs can you think of?10分钟
What if you cannot assign randomly?10分钟
What if you can't manipulate either?10分钟
Transcripts: Research Designs10分钟
About the interview10分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Research Designs22分钟

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Measurement

Choosing a design is only the first step in the deduction phase (remember the empirical cycle?). The second step is deciding on specific ways to measure the variables of interest and disinterest. This step is extremely important, because even if we are able to perform a true double-blind experiment, if our measurement and manipulation method are of poor quality, then internal validity will still be compromised! In this module we'll look at what measurement is exactly and what the criteria for evaluating measurement are. We will also look more in-depth at self-report measures, including survey, questionnaires and tests. These methods are among the most frequently used measurement instruments in the social and behavioral sciences....
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14 个视频(共 71 分钟), 6 个阅读材料, 2 个测验
Video14 个视频
4.02 Measurement Structure4分钟
4.03 Measurement Levels5分钟
4.04 Variable Types4分钟
4.05 Measurement Validity5分钟
4.06 Measurement Reliability5分钟
4.07 Survey, Questionnaire, Test4分钟
4.08 Scales and Response Options5分钟
4.09 Response and Rater Bias4分钟
4.10 Other Measurement Types4分钟
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 1 of 4)5分钟
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 2 of 4)3分钟
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 3 of 4)8分钟
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 4 of 4)3分钟
Reading6 个阅读材料
How do you measure something?10分钟
What is measurement exactly?10分钟
How do you know whether you have used the right instrument?10分钟
How are measures constructed and what are their features?10分钟
Transcripts: Measurement10分钟
About the interview10分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Measurement20分钟
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创建者 LGJan 5th 2018

This course was excellent in all aspects, including the interesting and extensive material, as well as Dr. Annemarie Zand Scholten's brilliant lectures that help students digest and enjoy the content.

创建者 ALMay 8th 2018

It is well-structured and informative. The pop up questions are interactive and the animation is fun. I have learned a lot from the video instruction, recommended readings, and assignments. Thanks.

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