Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Research Methods Presentation

It's hard to believe it was only around 15 months ago we were introduced to SPSS! Today we presented on our results we submitted and now I even know the difference between ANOVA tests and t-tests, homogeneity of variance and Shapiro-Wilk tests, degrees of freedom and scale of measurement as well as Sphericity and Greenhouse-Geisser tests. Who would have thought!

I've always enjoyed working with numbers, in particular statistics, so it's rather nice that this element of research is part of our course. At least it tests our brain somewhat and it's amazing how much one can learn when you put your mind to it! I remember how most of us pulled our noses up to to SPSS saying it doesn't apply to us, but I also remember one of our lectures saying, "get an understanding for it and it will become one of your best friends"! I can see the truth in it, and I actually can't wait to put it into practice next time I do a research project.

I enjoyed working with Jodie and we're both quite happy with how our presentation went. Of course there is room for improvement but I'm really happy with my own progress with regards to confidence in presenting without any notes - even used the laser on the clicker - as well as understanding which test to use with different types of data and interpreting the results, including what to do when assumptions are violated.

Onwards and upwards from here, so thank you Jodie and thank you Andy Field!

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