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Outline Am I doing Human Research? Getting Started Conducting Evaluation Practicals Questions/Case Studies
WarningsI am not Traditional, I am Media Lab I care a lot about inspiring design. I work a lot with companies. You will not learn the things I am about to tell you in any class. In fact, many, many people will disagree with me. There is not one right way. The wrong way would be not caring.
Quantitative Methods T-Test Do the Means Differ? Are people more self-aware working with a robot?
Quantitative Methods Regression Analysis or ANOVA Do the Means Differ taking into account X, Y, and Z. Arepeople more self-aware working with a robot taking into account gender, personality type, and financial income?
Quantitative Methods Correlations When X changes, does Y change as well Doesthe larger the robot correlate to the more self-aware a person is?
Quantitative MethodsWarning! P<0.05 - the means may be different Does not equate to the differences are large or interesting Most people already have an answer before they ask their question Does not allow for discovery.
Quantitative MethodsWarning! Part 2 Normal Distribution Hidden Variables Independent Samples Proper Sample Size Number of Tests Transformations Within or Across
Qualitative Methods TellPeople What you Really Learned Open Ended – Let the world come in Descriptive Flexible
Qualitative Methods Short Interviews / Surveys Did you feel more self-aware after working with the robots? Createbiases Acceptable in journal?
Long-Interviews 1 to 1.5 hours Open-Ended Interpretation Difficult and Long
Observational Methods Fly on the Wall See what people naturally do
Grounded TheoryQualitative Methods requirestrong grounded theory
WarningsTraditional Ethnography is nearimpossible to do in the MediaLabInterviews are more difficult toconduct correctly and take alonger time than statisticsCannot answer questionsabout how frequent an eventoccurs.Will it get accepted?
Warnings Part 2Grounded Theory1. Transcribe all the important interviews2. Write field-notes about each of your interviews.3. Go through all the transcriptions and highlight every time a theme occurs.4. Relate findings to previous established theory about that theme.5. Go back through all the notes again.
It’s Great to Fail!You are here to learn and try!But make sure you try!
Quantitative Books Cohen & Lea (2004). Essentials of Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. New Jersey: Wiley & Kline (2009). Becoming a Behavioral Science Researcher: A Guide to Producing Research That Matters. New York: Guilford Press. Lane, D., Lu, J., Peres, C &. Zitek, E (2008). Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course ofStudy. http://onlinestatbook.com/
Qualitative Books Luker, Kristin. (2008). Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an age of info-glut Emerson, Robert (1995). Writing Ethnographic Field Notes.
Quantitative Classes ANOVA statistics with M.L. Cummings Engineering Systems, MIT Empirical Methods 1 and II (API-202A) Make sure to do the A class Kenedy School of Government, Harvard Harvard School of Education Lots of Good APPLIED classes Do PhD Level
Qualitative Classes 21A.760J Qualitative Research Methods Difficult to get into Must have strong Grounded Theory Harvard School of Education MIT School of Architecture
Methods Class 21A.861 Methods for Graduate Research in the Social Sciences Psychology 1901a - Methods of Behavioral Research Harvard Psychology
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