Argosy Research Methods

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Assignment 2: Research in Application


What are the roles of descriptive research within quantitative research designs? Why is descriptive research important to industrial/organizational (I/O) professionals? With these questions in mind, read the following article from Argosy University online library resources:

Based on this article, answer the following:

  • Explain the use of descriptive research within the article's study.
  • Which aspects of this study would fall under the category of descriptive?

An institutional review board (IRB) is an independent ethics review board designated by an institution to review all proposed research involving human subjects that will be affiliated with that institution. Without institutional review board (IRB) approval, research involving human subjects cannot be conducted. Answer the following:

  • Describe why the institutional review board (IRB) would object to the use of direct observation of hand washing in this particular study.
  • Explain how a work organization might make use of these findings in terms of managing human resources and developing employee-oriented policies.
  • Use the following headings to organize your report:
    • The role and importance of descriptive research in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology
    • Article summary
      • Descriptive research
      • Institutional review board (IRB) and ethical issues
    • Human Resources (HR) implications from this study
    • Conclusion
    • References

Your report should be a Microsoft Word document, approximately 3–5 pages in length, utilizing a minimum of three scholarly sources. Make sure to employ proper grammar and spelling and apply current APA standards for writing style to your work.

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Research ethics examines the ethical soundness of specific research activities, ensures that
research meets individual interests and protects human participants. There are four fundamental
categories of quantitative research designs which are experimental, descriptive, quasi-experimental
and correlational. This study expounds on the use of descriptive research to investigate the hand
washing behavior of patrons in restrooms within a university.
Role and Importance of Descriptive Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
The descriptive analysis describes, explains or validates the nature of an event through the
definition of respondent characteristics, measurement of data trends, comparisons and validation of
existing conditions. This technique gives industrial/organizational professionals a better and broad
understanding of an event. The knowledge of the phenomenon forms the basis for decision-making
to improve the prevailing standards.
Article Summary
This study involved descriptive research of the efficacy of sign prompts to increase the hand
washing practices of restroom patrons (Davis et al., 2013). Participants were female and male
college students, visitors, faculty and ancillary staff of a university ca...

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