Research Methods in Psychology: A Feminist Exercise to Facilitate Students’ Understanding of Operational Definitions, Observation, and Inter-Rater Reliability
"As an illustrative example of how I use a feminist-centered approach to teach core research methods concepts, below, I outline the aims and details of how to replicate one of my students’ favorite activities. This activity ties together concepts of operational definitions, observation, and inter-rater reliability through coding of “creepy” behaviors in a Saturday Night Live short video produced by The Lonely Island, featuring Nicki Minaj and John Waters (2011; see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0). In the first part of the exercise, students are instructed to code observations of creepy behaviors without an operational definition. In the second part, students are provided information on gender-based harassment, stalking, and sexist humor and then re-do the exercise. Through this activity, students take an active role in judging behaviors (serving as an independent coder), comparing responses (inter-rater reliability and variability), and developing operational definitions. This exercise provides space for reflection to critically examine assumptions regarding gender, harassment, and sexism—with the goal of facilitating a shift in conceptual framework to cultivate a critical feminist empirical lens."
Moors, A. C. (2020). Research methods in psychology: A feminist exercise to facilitate students’ understanding of operational definitions, observation, and inter-rater reliability. Psychology of Women Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684319900349
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