Purpose: 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.
WRITING REQUIREMENTS: The essay should be 4-6 pages. APA formatting should be used throughout (cover page, running header, major heading, subheadings, in-text citations, and reference list). Any time you paraphrase or directly quote a source, in-text citations should be used. A full APA-formatted reference should be included at the end of the assignment. Academically, no more that 20% of the essay should be quoted. At least 80% should be in your own words.
The essay should include the following subheadings:
· Introduction (briefly explain your topic)
· Research Questions
· Conceptual and Operational Definitions
· Sampling Design
· Questionnaire Results and Analysis
· Peer Reviewed Article
Originality of attachments will be verified by Turnitin. Both you and your instructor will receive the results.
1) Develop two clear, specific, sociological research question that will investigate the relationship between two social phenomena/behaviors/facts.
- Conceptual and Operational Definitions
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.
- Questionnaire Construction
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 help measure your variables (* for groups: 3-7 questions)
a. This is going to help provide some rich qualitative information and serve as a check for the internal validity of your close-ended questions
- Sampling Design
10) Describe your population, sampling frame, and method
11) Describe your sample
- Administer the Questionnaire
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
- Compile the results of your questionnaire into a table
13) This provides you with a simple count
14) *For groups only: consolidate data and consult with professor by Week 6 about data analysis.
Measured by Q1
C – neither agree nor disagree
A – strongly agree
D – disagree
B – agree
R1 described their daily activities in the household…
R2 described their daily activities in the household…
Measured by Q2
3 days a week
7 days a week
- Analyze the results of your questionnaire
15) Provide descriptive statistics (counts) of the responses
16) Identify trends in the data results
17) Explains how these results help you to answer your research question
- Peer-Reviewed Article
18) Find 1 peer-reviewed article that is related to your research question.
19) Briefly describe the article (thesis/research question, hypothesis, methods, findings)
20) Compare and discuss the methods and findings of the article to your own small study
21) Briefly summarize the research purposes, methodologies, and key findings (in a non-statistical manner) of your study
22) What are the strengths of your study and findings
23) What are the weaknesses of your study and findings
24) Discuss implications for future research on your research question
25) Briefly discuss what you learned about research methods through this assignment.
Note: “This course has “Resubmission” status enabled if you need to submit multiple documents as part of your Assignment. Resubmission of an Assignment after it is graded, to attempt a better grade, is not permitted.”