|Experimental Versus Quasi-Experimental Designs
After reading Chapter 5 in the course text and the instructor guidance, compare and contrast the similarities and differences between experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Describe the different ways in which an independent variable can be manipulated. Demonstrate application of the scientific method and ethical principles by explaining what dictates the selection of design (experimental versus quasi-experimental) and the type of manipulation used in a research study. Finally, give an example of a situation that could be studied with an experiment or quasi-experiment and assess the appropriateness of one design over the other in light of practical and ethical concerns.
Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between experimental and quasi-experimental designs
The use of a treatment and control group in examining the causes of a phenomenon after subjecting the participants to various types of conditions is the first similarity between quasi-experimental design and experimental design. Secondly results attained from both the designs are used to assess the cause-effect relationships of the different outcomes. The last similarity is that in both models there is the manipulation of the independent variable.
There are significant differences that exist between the two designs.