Should we or should we not integrate Research Methods and Statistics courses? It is an often debated topic. I've seen various models at many different universities. Although the choice to integrate these courses may sometimes rest on logistical restrictions (e.g., funding, availability of professors, etc.), we may want to take a closer look. The report below provides some insight to inform our evidence based practices.
Overcoming the fear of statistics: Integrating statistics within a research methods course
- By Nicholas A. Turiano, PhD
"The idea of such a course came from recent research from Barron and Apple (2014). The authors provided empirical evidence that an integrated course (compared to nonintegrated) not only improved learning in the course, but also improved scores on the statistics section of the Psychology Area Concentration Achievement Test (PACAT)."