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Writing a hypothesis. Dr Cheryl Lange. Distinguish your aim – what you are trying to achieve – put in the Introduction from your hypothesis – a proposition that can be tested - put in Own work section Your hypothesis needs to be grounded in the research literature.

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writing a hypothesis

Writing a hypothesis

Dr Cheryl Lange

writing a hypothesis1
Distinguish

your aim – what you are trying to achieve – put in the Introduction

from

your hypothesis – a proposition that can be tested - put in Own work section

Your hypothesis needs to be grounded in the research literature

Writing a hypothesis
research question v hypothesis
A hypothesis derives from your research question e.g.

Question

“What is the relationship between test anxiety and performance on complex cognitive tasks?” (what you want to find out)

Hypothesis

Performance on complex cognitive tasks will be an inverted U-shaped function of the level of anxiety (a proposition that can be tested)

Research question v hypothesis
hypothesis checklist
Does it suggest the relationship between two variables?

Does it specify the nature of the relationship?

Does it imply the research design to be used to study the relationship?

Does it indicate the population to be studied?

Is if free of mention of specific measures/statistical tests?

Is it free of unnecessary methodological detail?

Hypothesis checklist

Cone, JD, Foster, SL, 1996 Dissertations and theses from start to finish: Psychology and related fields, Washington,American Psychological Association, p. 41

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Searching for answers? What are your questions?
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