Search and Discover
The Analytics – High School Program course presents psychological research studies on the topics relevant to the community needs (e.g., character, dishonesty, mental health, school climate, and technology). The aforementioned topics are discussed with students because they have implications on high school students’ success both academically and in their lives outside of the classroom. Students are also exposed to the topic of cognitive diversity. Topics areas, such as thinking preferences and behavioral attributes, are discussed in both personal and team contexts. Students’ cognitive diversity serves as the foundation for team cohesion and collaboration while students complete all steps in the psychological research workflow.
Goals: Self-understanding, effective team-based behaviors and problem solving, character, dishonesty, mental health, school climate, and media & technology
Develop an Idea
Students use the world café model as the process to capture the class’ collective view of the research interests. During the world café process, students list their elements of interest related to a research topic (e.g., elements of character or mental health of interest), analyze causal factors related to the elements of interest, and potential consequences of the causal factors. Students then identify causal lines between the causal factors, elements of interest, and consequences. This logical flow enables students to create their own scientific theory and research questions for their study.
Goals: Identify elements of interest, causal factors, and consequences of constructs. Identify scientific theory and research questions.
Design a Study
Students learn about measurement, including levels, philosophy, and strategies for measuring concepts. The more abstract levels of measurement (e.g., self-report measures) are discussed in detail along with the difference between categorical and dimensional approaches to measurement. Students also discuss potential independent and dependent variables to measure in their studies.
Goals: Articulate pros and cons of various construct measurement. Identify dependent and independent variables for research study. Identify level of analysis for research study.
Based on a team’s research question, students use various sources (e.g., OSF website, Google Scholar, online databases) to identify the measures needed for their research studies. Students also download software (e.g., JASP) to conduct analyses on their research data.
Goals: Identify measures for research study. Obtain measurement analysis software
Students prepare their survey instruments for dissemination. Once students determine their survey is prepared, team members pilot test their survey to ensure proper data collection and problem solve any issues/bugs. Teams disseminate their research surveys via a Google Form link for their peers (e.g., AP psych classmates or select students from the school), who have completed parental consent and student assent forms.
Goals: Learn how to develop a valid survey and data collection tool.
Students store data in a shared folder for team-based project work and will share on open platforms for possible replication by students from other schools.
With survey data collected and stored, students learn to use the JASP software to conduct research analyses. With the support of the instructor, students make any adjustments needed to their data (e.g., converting reverse-coded survey questions to useful form) and run analyses based on the theory and research questions established during the Design a Study stage.
Goals: Conduct analyses using the open-source JASP software.
Students use their analyzed data and their understanding of psychological research from the AP course to make inferences from their findings. Findings may result in discussion points, areas of needed research, recommendations for administrators, and limitations of their research study.
Goals: Meaning-making of research findings, integration of prior AP course material with their studies.
Develop a Research Poster
Students create research posters that are a culmination of the previous eight steps of the psychological research workflow. Students write an Introduction and Statement of the Problem related to their particular research study. They also include a synopsis of the research methodology used to collect and run analyses. Students present their data analyses in either tables or graphs. Finally, students present their interpretations of the findings, limitations of their research, and any areas of further-needed research.
Goals: Summarizing the research process.
Present a Research Poster
Research teams prepare to present their research poster to a panel of judges. Posters are presented in poster presentation format, similar to conferences or research fairs. Judges listen to each research team present their research questions, measures, methodology, analyses, and interpretation of findings. Judges provide students with a score based on the study’s alignment with the reproducible research principles (i.e., open, reproducible, and transparent).
Goals: Public speaking skills.