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date: 17 September 2019

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Although Research Methods may not be the most enjoyable course for students to take, nor the most enjoyable course for teachers to teach, it is nevertheless one of the most important courses in the psychology curriculum. In fact, it is in this course that students often learn to think scientifically. Thus, teaching this course effectively contributes greatly to students’ undergraduate education. In this chapter, I discuss a number of topics that research methods teachers should—and typically do—cover in their courses; I also discuss several topics that teachers should consider covering more often. In addition, I discuss alternative teaching methods and other practical matters that teachers might wish to consider as they prepare to teach Research Methods. Ultimately, with a bit of tweaking, Research Methods can become a course that students enjoy and that has a significant impact on the way they view their world.

Keywords: research methods, science, ethics, experimental methods, validity, reliability, single-subject designs, self-experimentation, alternative teaching methods

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