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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!...
Reading
2 vidéos (Total 6 min), 9 lectures
Video2 vidéos
Welcome to quantitative methods!3 min
Reading9 lectures
Hi there!10 min
How to navigate this course10 min
How to contribute10 min
General info - What will I learn in this course?10 min
Course format - How is this course structured?10 min
Requirements - What resources do I need?10 min
Grading - How do I pass this course?10 min
Contact - How do I stay informed?10 min
Team - Who created this course?10 min
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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! ...
Reading
14 vidéos (Total 85 min), 9 lectures, 2 quiz
Video14 vidéos
1.02 Scientific Method8 min
1.03 Scientific Claims5 min
1.04 Classical Period8 min
1.05 Enlightenment6 min
1.06 Modern Science7 min
1.07 Epistemology4 min
1.08 Ontology5 min
1.09 Approaches7 min
1.10 Goals5 min
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 1 of 4)3 min
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 2 of 4)2 min
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 3 of 4)8 min
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 4 of 4)7 min
Reading9 lectures
What makes knowledge scientific?10 min
What are the essential qualities of a systematic method?10 min
What's the difference between a hypothesis and a theory?10 min
Who developed the scientific method and when?10 min
What is your philosophy of science?10 min
Do you prefer your science hard or soft?10 min
Honor Code - Integrity in this course10 min
Transcripts: Origins10 min
About the interview10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Origins20 min

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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 vidéos (Total 68 min), 8 lectures, 3 quiz
Video13 vidéos
2.02 (Dis)confirmation4 min
2.03 Criteria5 min
2.04 Causality3 min
2.05 Internal Validity Threats: Participants4 min
2.06 Internal Validity Threats: Instruments5 min
2.07 Internal Validity Threats: Artificiality5 min
2.08 Internal Validity Threats: Research setup5 min
2.09 Variables of Interest4 min
2.10 Variables of Disinterest5 min
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 1 of 3)5 min
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 2 of 3)5 min
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 3 of 3)6 min
Reading8 lectures
What would be your 'recipe' for the scientific method?10 min
What will it take for you to accept a hypothesis?10 min
What do you look for in a good research study?10 min
How do you identify what caused an effect?10 min
What makes a causal explanation less likely?10 min
What different relations and roles can variables have?10 min
Transcripts: Scientific Method10 min
About the interview10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Informed Consent Form2 min
Scientific Method20 min

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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....
Reading
15 vidéos (Total 74 min), 8 lectures, 2 quiz
Video15 vidéos
3.02 Factorial Designs3 min
3.03 Repeated Measures3 min
3.04 Manipulation5 min
3.05 Lab vs. Field5 min
3.06 Randomization6 min
3.07 Experimental Designs4 min
3.08 Matching6 min
3.09 Quasi-Experimental Designs6 min
3.10 Correlational Designs4 min
3.11 Other Designs3 min
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 1 of 4)5 min
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 2 of 4)6 min
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 3 of 4)4 min
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 4 of 4)3 min
Reading8 lectures
What are the essential features of a true experiment?10 min
What are other ways of comparing?10 min
How do manipulation and control work (in the lab vs the field)?10 min
What experimental designs can you think of?10 min
What if you cannot assign randomly?10 min
What if you can't manipulate either?10 min
Transcripts: Research Designs10 min
About the interview10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Research Designs22 min

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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....
Reading
14 vidéos (Total 71 min), 6 lectures, 2 quiz
Video14 vidéos
4.02 Measurement Structure4 min
4.03 Measurement Levels5 min
4.04 Variable Types4 min
4.05 Measurement Validity5 min
4.06 Measurement Reliability5 min
4.07 Survey, Questionnaire, Test4 min
4.08 Scales and Response Options5 min
4.09 Response and Rater Bias4 min
4.10 Other Measurement Types4 min
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 1 of 4)5 min
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 2 of 4)3 min
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 3 of 4)8 min
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 4 of 4)3 min
Reading6 lectures
How do you measure something?10 min
What is measurement exactly?10 min
How do you know whether you have used the right instrument?10 min
How are measures constructed and what are their features?10 min
Transcripts: Measurement10 min
About the interview10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Measurement20 min
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par 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.

par 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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Identify interesting questions, analyze data sets, and correctly interpret results to make solid, evidence-based decisions. This Specialization covers research methods, design and statistical analysis for social science research questions. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills you learned by developing your own research question, gathering data, and analyzing and reporting on the results using statistical methods....
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