A reminder of the points I emailed round before the holidays. All of these things should be addressed before you gather any data. I am hoping that all groups will be close to this stage by now – aim to complete any remaining work by the start of next week:
- Background – read up on the topic and develop your ideas, taking notes of sources. Draft your intro section.
- Aim and hypothesis – we worked on this in class, check the ppt if you missed it or ask Mr Firth.
- Materials ready (e.g. your experimental task/questionnaire)
- Initial briefing & consent forms ready
- Instructions – these should be written out so that they are standardised for all participants
- Debrief written (to be read out/shown to participants at the end of the study)
- Think through your procedure and in your group/pair, discuss practicalities e.g. how to test, how and when to test people and how long it will take.
- Complete a first draft of your method section.
Remember that work on preparing materials/brief/instructions/debrief etc can be split among group members. It is important that data gathering is done ethically and carefully, so if in doubt, ask – there is no huge rush at this stage and we want to avoid mistakes!