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What type of research method would it be? Gloria wanted to know how many children under ten were using the computers in the library. So, she stationed herself at her local library for several days and counted each child.  



A. Experiment
B. Observational study
C. Survey
D. Research review
E. Unpublished report

This question is part of Final Practice Test - Critical Thinking
Asked by Rtyrrell, Last updated: Aug 08, 2019

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L. Sevigny

L. SevignyDoctor, Las Vegas
Doctor, Las Vegas

Answered on Aug 08, 2019

The correct answer to this question is B, Observational study. This type of study is used in many fields, like social science, statistics, and psychology. Observation study involves an inference taken from a sample population. Due to ethics, the researcher has no control over the independent variable.

One example of observational studies that all may be familiar with are the effects that treatments have on subjects. In the example provided in this question, the independent variables are the children. She had no control over who they were or how many visited the computers. Instead of controlling them, she is just observing them.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on May 11, 2017

Observational study
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