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Lesson - a VERY short survey

This activity offers students a chance to practice conceptualizing and operationalizing variables.
Total Time: 75 mins
Outside Prep: None

Instructions:
You will be creating a survey that can have no more than 10 questions so choose your study and your questions carefully!
(10 min) During the first 5 minutes of class, we’ll decide on a survey topic.(10 min) Break into small discussion groups and state a hypothesis. (25 min) Then in the same small groups, operationalize the topic by developing five closed-ended questions, including response categories. Remember that you may want to include some demographic variables! One student from each group then writes the questions on the chalk board.(30 min) Finally, the whole class comes back together to evaluate and edit the questions, and to choose the five they want on the survey. You can combine and eliminate similar questions, refine the wording, and adjust response categories. Then you will vote by a show of hands for the final three q…

main steps in a research process

The research process is really not as mysterious as it may seem. In just a casual online search for "research process," it seems as if the process is anywhere between 5-7 steps. For example Cornell's Olin and Uris libraries, Nova University, and Baltimore Public Schools (actually my favorite) all offer some ideas. If you visit the sites, you'll notice that the steps aren't really that different; they only differ in how far along they go in their research process and what type of research process it might be. Fundamentally, the steps are:
Identifying a topic of interest, refining itConducting some basic research to see what's been written about it (maybe this will help you come up with some hypotheses, theories, etc...)Developing a proposal including planning, designing, and clearly stating how you intend to find the answers to your research questions and topicCarrying out your research projectAnalyzing your dataReporting your results At this point, it's wo…