Goals and Objectives for
Research Methods in Psychology
(Intended as a first draft for an internal department
Students will understand and apply basic research methods
in psychology and the social sciences, including research design, data
analysis, and interpretation.
Students will be able to:
- Articulate the value of empirical social science research.
- Explain different research methods used by psychologists and other
- Describe how various research designs address different types of questions
- Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from empirical
research. Interpret basic statistical conclusions.
- Distinguish between statistical significance and practical significance.
- Locate and use relevant empirical research to support or refute public
policy proposals, interventions or theoretical explanations of human
- Recognize that theoretical and sociocultural contexts as well as personal
biases may shape research questions, design, data collection, analysis,
- Follow appropriate ethical guidelines in the treatment of human participants
in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of research.
- Generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the limitations
of particular research methods.
- Recognize the limitations of applying normative conclusions to particular
- Recognize the limitations of generalizing from a single individual
experience to larger groups.
- Recognize that individual differences and sociocultural contexts may
influence the applicability of research findings.
Adapted from: 2001
APA Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes.
Evidence-based practice (APA Presidential Task
APA Division 32 position statement about evidence-based