Technical training for the Extended Project Qualification for Psychologists

Summer Workshop, Wednesday July 20th 2016, 09:00-17:00
School of Psychology, University of Exeter

The aim of this series of workshops is to provide technical knowledge, skills and support to EPQ students allowing them to develop independently within a structured framework of actual on-going psychological research. It is our goal that students are given the opportunity to independently develop their own research knowledge and skills, to actively engage in the research process including generation of theory-driven research questions, data collection and quantitative data analysis and in the communicating of their results.

The Summer Workshop at the University of Exeter is the first of three workshops and will focus on practical ways to manage and plan the project, including the use of library resources and how to tackle writing a literature review. Subsequent workshops in the autumn and spring terms will focus on data collection, data analysis and communication skills.

This event is organised by the Exeter Psychology School Research Consortium, supported by the University of Exeter’s Widening Participation agenda and suitable for the AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC examination boards.

Overview of the Summer Workshop

Pre-course requirements:

  • To register before the course (completing an on-line student profile)
  • Submit the first on-line task.

Session 1: Welcome & Planning your project

  1. This session explores time management and planning techniques (including keeping a research log), as well as helping students to adopt a realistic timeline for their project.

Session 2: Research skills

  1. Use library resources and bibliographic aids in conducting a systematic literature review (access to the on-line library at Exeter University, ‘Smart Reading’, ‘Referencing, Not Plagiarising’).
  2. The practicalities and ethics of socially sensitive research (covering issues that are likely to be encountered working in schools and with young people; time management, professional relationships, and academic honesty).

Lunch and guided tour of University campus by Student Ambassadors from the Department of Psychology

Session 3: Research methods

  1. Selection and use of different research methods for different specific research questions: qualitative versus quantitative.
  2. Introduction to questionnaire design (including questionnaires used in current CAN projects).
  3. Developing and conducting semi-structured interviews.

Session 4: An introduction to the CAN group’s on-going projects.

  1. Introduction to the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology group (Dr Anna Adlam)
  2. Presentations on the different on-going research projects

How much will it cost?

There is a £30 registration fee for the Y12 Exploring Psychology Day and a £30 registration fee for the Technical training for the EPQ for Psychologists workshops.

This event (and other activities) are organised by the CAN School Research Consortium and are supported by the University of Exeter’s Widening Participation agenda. If your school is eligible for this scheme all fees will be waivered. Please ask your teacher if your school is recognised by the University of Exeter as eligible under this scheme.

How do I book a place?

Students are invited to book their place on this event or the Y12 Explore Psychology Workshop by visiting the University of Exeter Online Store.

Please note: Due to the limited number of places, no more than two students from each school will be accepted for this workshop. Please ask your Psychology Teacher if anyone else has registered otherwise your payment will be refunded.

For any further information, please contact our team: CAN-edu@exeter.ac.uk.

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