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Discovering the Scientist Within offers an utterly unique approach to the research methods course. Rather than taking students through statistical methods one at a time, the authors provide a series of realistic and engaging case studies with each design-focused chapter presenting a single study start to finish. View More

Discovering the Scientist Within

Factorial designs: Making the connection between hypotheses, follow-ups and conclusions

This exercise is designed to help students understand that the researcher’s hypotheses should guide which means are compared following a significant interaction. Students will see how the hypothesis alters what means are examined, thus impacting the conclusions that are drawn when a statistically significant interaction is found.

Factorial Design, Hypotheses, Interactions

Author: Alisa D. McArthur
St. Mary’s University College

Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011