Psychological research methods (2008/2009)

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Margherita Pasini
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
Modulo 1 6 M-PSI/03-PSYCHOMETRICS Sem. I A Margherita Pasini
Modulo 2 3 M-PSI/03-PSYCHOMETRICS Sem. I B Riccardo Sartori

Learning outcomes

Module: Modulo 1
First module, 6 credits:
this part aims:

- to develop in students a body of knowledge and critical understanding of the research process in psychology, in particular with regard to research methodology and various quantitative and qualitative research methods;

- to equip students with a range of secondary research skills required to critically examine and appraise published research articles, especially concerning training processes;

- to enable students to plan, conduct, present and critically evaluate a Research Project meeting the standards of professional research.

Module: Modulo 2


Module: Modulo 1
First module, 6 credits:

From theories to hypotheses: the birth of a research;
the experimental model;
the experimental designs and the question of the control;
alternative strategies to experimental methods;
the validity of a psychological research;
the data collection;
the data analysis;
from laboratory to field, from quantity to quality;
the communication of the results;
research in organizational psychology.

Textbooks for the examination:

Di Nuovo S., Hichy Z. (2007) Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale, Il Mulino, Bologna.

Integration to the text for the first module is needed. Students have to choose one of the following proposals:

Proposal 1.
Poncheri, R., Lindberg, J. T., Thompson, L. F., & Surface, E. A. (2008). A comment on employee surveys: Negativity bias in open-ended responses. Organizational Research Methods,11, 614-630.

Proposal 2. (Coping strategies in multicultural work places)
a. Pasini, M., Rappagliosi, M C., Brondino, M. (2007). Strategie di coping dei lavoratori immigrati. DiPAV-QUADERNI Quadrimestrale di psicologia e antropologia culturale, 20, 103-110.
b. Pasini, M., Rappagliosi, M C., Brondino, M. (2007) Les stratégies de coping mises en place par les travailleurs de quelques entreprises du Nord Est de l’Italie dans des contextes de travail multiculturels. 15e Congres de l'association Internationale de Psychologie du Travail de Langue Française. “Entre tradition et innovation, comment transformons-nous l'univers du travail?”. Université Laval, Ville de Québec, Québec, Canada,19-22 août 2008.

Propoal 3.
Barling, J., Iverson, R.D., Kelloway, K. (2003), High-quality work, job satisfaction, and occupational injuries, Journal of Applied Psychology, 88 (2), 276-83.

Proposal 4.
Rousseau C; Benoit M; Gauthier M; Lacroix L; Alain N; Rojas MV; Moran A; Bourassa D. (2007), Classroom Drama Therapy Program for Immigrant and Refugee Adolescents: A Pilot Study, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 12, 451-465.

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Module: Modulo 2

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: Modulo 1
The exam is in two stages. Part I is a written multiple choice examination, and Part II is an oral examination, only for the students who pass Part I.

Textbooks for Part I:
- Di Nuovo S., Hichy Z. (2007) Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale, Il Mulino, Bologna.
- Sartori, R. (in press) Psicologia Psicometrica, LED, Milano.

The oral part will deal with the article chosen among the 4 proposals.

Module: Modulo 2