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    Hello well I am sitting the PSYB4 exam and this has research methods. I was wondering if someone could help me on a question.


    The researcher investigated if children were more likely to be disruptive in the classroom if sat in rows or around the table. He monitored the sample for 3 days for 30 mins per day.

    Week 1: children became more disruptive as week progressed- around table
    Week 2: children became less and less disruptive as week progressed- in rows
    Week 3: children became more disruptive as week progressed- around table

    The question is:

    Suggest one reason why the researcher monitored the children around the table both before and after seating them in rows (2 marks).


    I thought it may have something to do with the Hawthorne effect (demand characteristics I believe it is in Psychology?)... The fact the researcher was new to the classroom in Week 1 the children may behave unnaturally, so the researcher sits them back around the table in week 3 to compare the results to Week 2 and to rule out the possibility that the high rates of disruption in Week 1 were due to the researchers presence.

    I don't know
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    Since no one else has replied i'll tell you what i think, I am in the year below you though so make of my answer what you wish.

    I think it's related to the reliability of the results. The researcher repeated the first setting (around table) to see if he got the same results (which he did). Week 3 improved the reliability of his results found in week 1.
    Hope that helps in some way shape or form
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    (Original post by Melas1)
    Since no one else has replied i'll tell you what i think, I am in the year below you though so make of my answer what you wish.

    I think it's related to the reliability on the results. The researcher repeated the first setting (around table) to see if he got the same results (which he did). Week 3 improved the reliability of his results found in week 1.
    Hope that helps in some way shape or form
    Ah I never looked at it like that but that's a brilliant suggestion! Thank you
 
 
 
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