Flashcards in Research Methods: Pilot Studies Deck (4):
What is a pilot study?
a small scale study to validate the measure being used.
What is the general purpose of pilot studies?
to identify any flaws with the design of the experiment and any potential extraneous variables that may have a negative outcome on the DV.
What are the strengths of a pilot study?
develops and tests adequacy of research instruments
accesses the feasibility of a full scale study
establishes whether the sampling frame and technique are effective
identifies problems such as extraneous variables
develops research questions and plan
convinces funding bodies that the research team is competent and knowledgeable and worth funding.