PSY505 Critique Descriptive/Observational Methods of Research

This method of descriptive or observational research is called a case study. A case study is a more in-depth exploration of a single subject, and it is typically only used when you have an individual who is different or unique in some way (Gravetter & Foranzo, 2018). For example, Genie the Wild Child’s case is a very famous case study about a young girl who was kept isolated from the world for the first 12 years of her life (Broggard, 2017). Because of this isolation, she basically had no language development. As a result of the research on Genie, scientists came to realize that language development must occur during a critical time of overall childhood development. Otherwise, it will be delayed and difficult to obtain.

Use the link above to describe and detail this approach, and prepare a written assessment to discuss how you might use this approach to explore a topic of interest.

Be sure to address the following:

  • Explain why you selected this method to study your chosen topic of interest.
  • Interpret the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.
  • Indicate what you might do to work around these weaknesses.
  • Verify whether this approach is more aligned with a qualitative or a quantitative approach to research, and then explain why.

Next, identify and explain at least one other descriptive/observational approach you might consider using when researching your topic, describe the strengths and weaknesses of this approach, what you might do to work around weaknesses, and why you would want to use it to explore your topic further. Determine whether this design is more in line with a qualitative or a quantitative approach to research, and then explain why.

Include the key similarities and differences between the two descriptive/observational approaches in a chart within your paper. You may also present this information as a graphic or other visual aid.

Length: 5-7 pages, including chart or graphic, but not including title and reference pages

References: Include a minimum of 3 scholarly resources.

Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

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