GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Measurement and Methodology-Research Designs Study Material (Page 8 of 16)

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Types of Research: Descriptive Research


Descriptive Research

Aims at answering the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of the current state of some system. Descriptive research is only concerned with the state of things not how they came out to be that way. Analytical research on the other hand, attempts to establish why it is that wa…

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Types of Research: Historical Research


Historical Research

Critical evaluation and examination of past events, developments and experiences is historical research. It helps to understand roots of all modern theories and establish genuineness of data sources. It is a type of qualitative research. Following steps are involved in historical research:

  • Isolating the problem
  • Collecting data: Primary & secondary sources
  • Evaluating the data
  • Based on data, formulate hypotheses
  • Report and interpret findings

Sources of Information

Historical research is based on data. They sources of such data are classified as primary or secondary.

Primary Sources of Information: These sources provide dire…

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