Research Methods in Psychology 3

LecturerMasako NAGATA, Associate Professor
DepartmentSchool of Education / Graduate School of Education and Human Development, 2011 Fall
Recommended for:School of Education (21.5 hours / session 2 sessions / week 7 weeks / semester)

Key Features

  • This course is comprised of two consecutive classes. The first half will be lectures; in the latter half, students are divided into groups and have discussion time to deepen their understanding.
  • Students are divided into small groups (7-8 people per group), supported by TAs.
  • In the group discussion, they discuss virtual cases in order to gain a more definite grasp on their thinking.
  • We divide students into groups equally from the second year to MA so that they are able to have discussions with wider points of view.
  • Students take psychological tests themselves, and then implement the tests with children, gaining understanding from their own experience.

Course Goals

After implementing psychological tests, students report on the results. Students learn about the practical methodology of psychological assessments in education and clinical cases, rather than individual studies of psychological tests.


We lend out psychological test instruments and manuals in the class. Other materials will be distributed to students in class.

Miscellaneous notes

We will do psychological tests in class, so students should not be late or absent.

Course Schedule

1 Basic theory of Psychological assessment I

An outline of psychological assessment, students deepen their theoretical understanding and background of various methods of examination.

2 Basic theory of Psychological assessment II

Students take personality tests themselves to better understand the process of psychological testing.

3 Infant assessment I

Students will understand questionnaire methods and examination methods regarding infant developmental assessment.

4 Infant assessment II

Students will deepen their understanding by examining virtual test cases.

5 Child assessment I

Students will understand the theoretical backgrounds and mechanism of intelligence tests.

6 Child assessment II

Students will understand by examining the results of virtual test cases.

7 How to use WISC-III I

Students will learn how to use WISC-III, how to get results and how to interpret them.

8 How to use WISC-III II

Each groups play role-playing games to understand how to use WISC-III and its assessment method.


Students use WISC-III for qualifying age groups and report the results of their test.

10 MMSE (Mini-Mental State Examination) and test battery I

Students will learn how to use psychological assessment in a practical way and how to use it in an educational or clinical situation.

11 MMSE (Mini-Mental State Examination) and test battery II

Students will learn how to form a test battery and interpret it, by experiencing the test themselves using virtual cases.

12 Personality test I

Students will study questionnaire methods, projective technique and so on regarding personality tests.

13 Personality test II

Students will organize their results by experiencing Performance testing (one of the Personality tests) themselves.

14 Examination of the results of WISC-III I

Students will discuss the results of actual intelligence tests.

15 Examination of the results of WISC-III II

Students will discuss the psychological assessments after the discussion of each group.

Lecture Handouts

Note: All files are in Japanese.

Grading method

Class attitude (20%) Reports (80%)

Last updated

March 12, 2020