Chapter 8: Research Design Explained
- You are now at the Chapter 8 section of the book's student Web site. Here you can
- Look over the concept map of the key terms
and look at
a glossary of the key terms.
- Test yourself on the chapter objectives
- Test yourself on the key terms.
- Take the Practice Quiz (a short, general quiz over the entire chapter).
- Take 13-item quizzes over the first part of the chapter.
- Take 15-item quizzes over the second part of the chapter.
- Take 9-item quizzes over the third part of the chapter.
- Take 8-item quizzes over the fourth part of the chapter.
- Review by looking at the key issues and reading the chapter summary.
- If you are ready to draft a method section,
download this tutorial on
writing the method section.
- If you want to have a better understanding of correlation coefficients, download "The Correlator".
- Use computer tools to evaluate the reliability and construct validity of a questionnaire. To use this program, you should have given several participants your questionnaire, have calculated (a) a total score for each participant on your measure (based on adding up all the answers the participant made to your questionnaire), (b) a score for each participant that is the sum of the participant's responses to the odd-numbered items (1, 3, 5, etc.), (c) a score for each participant that is the sum of the participant's responses to the even-numbered items (2,4, 6, etc.), and (d) a score for each participant on another measure.
- A short (under 3 minutes) video that tells you the basics of
writing questions for a survey (from the experts at the Pew Research Center).
- If you are not sure about sampling and the different types of sampling, read
- See why
sampling bias is a problem.
- Practice analyzing results from a survey. You can also find out more about how to use multiple regression to analyze survey responses.
- Use this
to use Excel to draw a random sample from a population.
Go through this fun,
simple, and informative tutorial about how to make sense of newspaper reports of
13 tips for making sense of election polls from 538's Harry Enten (the
first 9 tips are especially valuable)
- Take a survey (or more)--and possibly learn how to have better control over your
spending at this site.
Get help (answers and
hints) with Chapter 8 exercises.
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