Study notes

Operationalisation

  • Levels: AS, A Level
  • Exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB

This term describes when a variable is defined by the researcher and a way of measuring that variable is developed for the research.

This is not always easy and care must be taken to ensure that the method of measurement gives a valid measure for the variable.

The term operationalisation can be applied to independent variables (IV), dependent variables (DV) or co variables (in a correlational design)

Examples of operationalised variables are given in the table below:

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