The purpose of exercise is to develop a short questionnaire containing both close-ended survey questions and open-ended questions. Students will go through the research design

The purpose of exercise is to develop a short questionnaire containing both close-ended survey questions and open-ended questions.  Students will go through the research design process from research question, to survey construction, to analysis of survey results and theory building using a peer-reviewed article. – 1)      Develop a clear, specific, sociological research question that will investigate the relationship between two social phenomena/behaviors/facts. 2)      Clearly identify the variables in your research question 3)      Identify which variable is your independent variable, and which variable is your dependent variable. 4)      Provide a conceptual definition for each variable. (i.e. similar to dictionary definition) 5)      Describe what ‘type’ of variable each variable is. 6)      Provide an operational definition for each variable.  (i.e. how the variable is going to be measured) 7)      Develop a hypothesis for your research question – a statement of what direction you believe the relationship between your two variables will be. 8)      Develop 5-10 closed-ended questions (*for groups: 10-15 questions) a.       Some of these should measure basic socio-demographic characteristics (i.e. age, race/ethnicity, gender, SES) b.      The rest should be indicators for your variables c.       These should be constructed based on the ‘type’ of variable you are measuring. 9)      Develop 2-5 open-ended questions for to measure your variables (* for groups: 3-7 questions) a.       This is going to provide some rich qualitative information and serve as a check for the internal validity of your close-ended questions Describe your population, sampling frame, and method 11)   Describe your sample 12)  Have 3-5 people complete your questionnaire. (*for groups: 10 people per person) a.       This may be done face-to-face where you ask the questions, the respondent answers, and you record the information b.      This may be done via a form that people fill out (i.e. it could have been sent to some friends/family via email or handed to them in the kitchen) c.       When asking people to complete the questionnaire, you need to inform them that it is voluntary, and their identity will be kept confidential i.      Do not put a place for name on the questionnaire 13)  This provides you with a simple count 14)  *For groups only: consolidate data and consult with professor by Week 6 about data analysis. 15)  Provide descriptive statistics (counts) of the responses 16)  Identify trends in the data results 17)  Conduct a chi-square test (optional) 18)  How do these results you to answer your research question 19)  Find 1 peer-reviewed article that is related to your research question. 20)  Briefly describe the article (thesis/research question, hypothesis, methods, findings) 21)  Compare and discuss the methods and findings of the article to your own small study 22)  Briefly summarize the research purposes, methodologies, and key findings (in a non-statistical manner) of your study 23)  What are the strengths of your study and findings 24)  What are the weaknesses of your study and findings 25)  Discuss implications for future research on your research question 26)  Briefly discuss what you learned about research methods through this assignment.

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