Observational Studies
Common Core: S.IC.3

Observational Studies

Author: Isaiah Steinke

This lesson will introduce observational studies.

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  • Observational Study

    A type of study where researchers can observe the participants, but not affect the behavior or outcomes in any way.

  • Retrospective Study

    A study that observes what happened to the subjects in the past, in an effort to understand how they became the way they are in the present.

  • Prospective Study

    A study that begins by selecting participants, then tracks them and keeps data on the subjects as they go into the future.

  • Subjects/Participants

    The people or things being examined in an observational study.