A Delphi study to strengthen research-methods training in undergraduate psychology programs

Article


Robert, R., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Bartlett, J., Blazey, P., Green, R., Pownall, M. and Munafò, M. 2024. A Delphi study to strengthen research-methods training in undergraduate psychology programs. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. 7 (1), pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/25152459231213808
TypeArticle
TitleA Delphi study to strengthen research-methods training in undergraduate psychology programs
AuthorsRobert, R., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Bartlett, J., Blazey, P., Green, R., Pownall, M. and Munafò, M.
Abstract

Psychology programs often emphasize inferential statistical tests over a solid understanding of data and research design. This imbalance may leave graduates underequipped to effectively interpret research and employ data to answer questions. We conducted a two-round modified Delphi to identify the research-methods skills that the UK psychology community deems essential for undergraduates to learn. Participants included 103 research-methods instructors, academics, students, and nonacademic psychologists. Of 78 items included in the consensus process, 34 reached consensus. We coupled these results with a qualitative analysis of 707 open-ended text responses to develop nine recommendations for organizations that accredit undergraduate psychology programs—such as the British Psychological Society. We recommend that accreditation standards emphasize (1) data skills, (2) research design, (3) descriptive statistics, (4) critical analysis, (5) qualitative methods, and (6) both parameter estimation and significance testing; as well as (7) give precedence to foundational skills, (8) promote transferable skills, and (9) create space in curricula to enable these recommendations. Our data and findings can inform modernized accreditation standards to include clearly defined, assessable, and widely encouraged skills that foster a competent graduate body for the contemporary world.

Sustainable Development Goals4 Quality education
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalAdvances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
ISSN
Electronic2515-2459
Publication dates
Online29 Jan 2024
Publication process dates
Submitted23 Aug 2023
Accepted25 Oct 2023
Deposited15 Apr 2024
Output statusPublished
Publisher's version
License
File Access Level
Open
Copyright Statement

Creative Commons CC BY: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/25152459231213808
Related Output
Is new version ofA Delphi study to strengthen research methods training in undergraduate psychology programmes
Permalink -

https://repository.mdx.ac.uk/item/1225z8

Download files

  • 19
    total views
  • 5
    total downloads
  • 6
    views this month
  • 3
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Research-active therapists and therapy trainees: The need for continuity and clinical significance in our research
Cooper, M., Bailey-Rodriguez, D. and Fragkiadaki, E. 2023. Research-active therapists and therapy trainees: The need for continuity and clinical significance in our research. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin. 35 (1), pp. 5-10. https://doi.org/10.53841/bpsqmip.2023.1.35.5
A Delphi study to strengthen research methods training in undergraduate psychology programmes
Thibault, R., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Bartlett, J., Blazey, P., Green, R., Pownall, M. and Munafò, M. 2023. A Delphi study to strengthen research methods training in undergraduate psychology programmes. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/gp9aj
The applications of attachment theory to working therapeutically with families in the context of children and young people
Parra, R. and Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2022. The applications of attachment theory to working therapeutically with families in the context of children and young people. in: Fuenzalida, C., Sempere, J. and Gavrila-Ardelean, M. (ed.) Working with family and community resources in educational, social and mental health contexts PRESA UNIVERSITARĂ CLUJEANĂ. pp. 98-132
The moderation effect of secure attachment on the relationship between positive events and wellbeing
Spence, R., Kagan, L., Nunn, S., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Fisher, H., Hosang, G. and Bifulco, A. 2022. The moderation effect of secure attachment on the relationship between positive events and wellbeing. PsyCh Journal. 11 (4), pp. 541-549. https://doi.org/10.1002/pchj.546
Life events, depression and supportive relationships affect academic achievement in university students
Spence, R., Kagan, L., Nunn, S., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Fisher, H., Hosang, G. and Bifulco, A. 2022. Life events, depression and supportive relationships affect academic achievement in university students. Journal of American College Health. 70 (7), pp. 1931-1935. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2020.1841776
Doing qualitatively-driven mixed methods and pluralistic qualitative research
Frost, N. and Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2020. Doing qualitatively-driven mixed methods and pluralistic qualitative research. in: Bager-Charleson, S. and McBeath, A. (ed.) Enjoying Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research United States Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 13-35
Qualitatively-driven mixed methods approaches to counselling and psychotherapy research
Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2021. Qualitatively-driven mixed methods approaches to counselling and psychotherapy research. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 21 (1), pp. 143-153. https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12383
The impact of the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental-health services in Europe
Johannes, T., Jocelyn, D., Andrew, C., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Odete, d., Frank, F., Cathleen, G., Snaebjorn, G., Cecile, H., Martin, H., Jo, J., Ingegerd, K., Gabriela, K., Maria, K., Krzysztof, K., Boleslav, L., Konstantin, L., Donatella, M., Margarita, M., Serge, M., Merja, R., Shyhrete, R., Muhammet, S., Javier, S., Isabelle, T., Emilie, W., Christiaan, V., Marie-Clotilde, L. and Laurence, F. 2020. The impact of the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental-health services in Europe. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. 22 (7), pp. 516-525. https://doi.org/10.1080/15622975.2020.1844290
Exploring trauma and attachment style over the lifespan using secondary data: a single case study of two sisters
Bailey-Rodriguez, D. and Frost, N. 2019. Exploring trauma and attachment style over the lifespan using secondary data: a single case study of two sisters. Maltrattamento E Abuso All’infanzia: Rivista Interdisciplinare. 21 (2), pp. 45-59. https://doi.org/10.3280/MAL2019-002004
Multimodality, visual methods and lived experience
Reavey, P., Langer, S. and Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2019. Multimodality, visual methods and lived experience. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin. 28, pp. 7-12.
Quality in qualitative research
Frost, N. and Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2018. Quality in qualitative research. in: Sullivan, C. and Forrester, M. (ed.) Doing qualitative research in psychology - a practical guide London, UK Sage. pp. 60-77
Narrative analysis
Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Frost, N. and Elichaoff, F. 2018. Narrative analysis. in: Sullivan, C. and Forrester, M. (ed.) Doing qualitative research in psychology - a practical guide London, UK SAGE Publications. pp. 209-232
A qualitative analysis of John Bowlby’s last interview
Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2015. A qualitative analysis of John Bowlby’s last interview. Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. 9 (2), pp. 158-164.
Characteristics of severe life events, attachment style, and depression – Using a new online approach
Bifulco, A., Kagan, L., Spence, R., Nunn, S., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Hosang, G., Taylor, M. and Fisher, H. 2019. Characteristics of severe life events, attachment style, and depression – Using a new online approach. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 58 (4), pp. 427-439. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjc.12221
Web-based measure of life events using Computerized Life Events and Assessment Record (CLEAR): preliminary cross-sectional study of reliability, validity, and association with depression
Bifulco, A., Spence, R., Nunn, S., Kagan, L., Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Hosang, G., Taylor, M. and Fisher, H. 2019. Web-based measure of life events using Computerized Life Events and Assessment Record (CLEAR): preliminary cross-sectional study of reliability, validity, and association with depression. JMIR Mental Health. 6 (1). https://doi.org/10.2196/10675
“We’re both in the trenches together”: a pluralistic exploration of attachment behaviour dynamics in a heterosexual couple relationship across the transition to second-time parenthood
Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2018. “We’re both in the trenches together”: a pluralistic exploration of attachment behaviour dynamics in a heterosexual couple relationship across the transition to second-time parenthood. PhD thesis Middlesex University Psychology
The application of a qualitative approach to adult attachment research: a short report
Bailey-Rodriguez, D., Frost, N. and Oskis, A. 2016. The application of a qualitative approach to adult attachment research: a short report. Quarterly.
A qualitatively driven approach to multimethod and mixed methods research
Hesse-Biber, S., Bailey-Rodriguez, D. and Frost, N. 2015. A qualitatively driven approach to multimethod and mixed methods research. in: Hesse-Biber, S. and Johnson, R. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry Oxford; New York Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 3-20
“And it was all my choice but it didn’t feel like a choice”: a re-examination of interpretation of data using a ‘rhetoric of choice’ lens
Frost, N. and Bailey-Rodriguez, D. 2015. “And it was all my choice but it didn’t feel like a choice”: a re-examination of interpretation of data using a ‘rhetoric of choice’ lens. Women's Studies International Forum. 53, pp. 192-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2014.12.003
More than just a method: doctoral students' perspectives on the place of qualitatively driven mixed methods
Elichaoff, F., Bailey-Rodriguez, D. and Murphy, A. 2014. More than just a method: doctoral students' perspectives on the place of qualitatively driven mixed methods. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin.