Conceptions of Research Methods Learning Among Psychology Undergraduates: A Q Methodology Study

Balloo, Kieran ORCID: and Pauli, Regina and Worrell, Marcia (2018) Conceptions of Research Methods Learning Among Psychology Undergraduates: A Q Methodology Study. Cognition and Instruction, 36 (4). pp. 279-296. ISSN 0737-0008

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A range of conceptions held about research methods learning have previously been identified. This study aimed to examine in-depth shared conceptions among undergraduate psychology students. Utilizing Q methodology, which links both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to uncover the subjective viewpoints that a group of individuals hold toward a particular domain, participants ranked statements reflecting different conceptions of research methods learning. Ranks were then factor analyzed and four distinct profiles of student conceptions were identified, labelled, and described in qualitative detail: research methods as integral to psychology, research methods as a digression from psychology, research methods as disconnected from psychology, and research methods as beneficial to psychology. Some of the perspectives displayed a clear understanding about the reasons for undertaking research and learning about research methods in psychology, whereas other standpoints saw research as being something that was difficult to relate to the practice of psychology. Findings are considered in terms of how some conceptions appear to be more beneficial or problematic to hold than others and recommendations are made to educators about how they could support students to change their views.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 06:40
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 03:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Students conceptions; Knowledge; Expectations; Perceptions; Sciences; Patterns; Beliefs; Courses; Text
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
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