CHAPTER 17: Survey Research by 8i756ty

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									Chapter 17: Survey Research
Activity 17.1: Survey Research Questions

Activity 17.2: Types of Surveys

Activity 17.3: Open- vs. Closed-Ended Questions

Activity 17.4: Conduct a Survey
Activity 17.1:
Survey Research Questions

Which of the following questions would lend themselves well to survey research?

   1. How do sophomore students feel about the new counseling program?

   2. In what ways were delinquent and non-delinquent boys similar and different
      during the 1930s?

   3. Is inquiry teaching more effective than lectures in the teaching of sociology?

   4. How much college tuition are parents able and willing to pay?

   5. How many single mothers were on welfare in Contra Costa County during the
      past nine months?

   6. Do professors think it is ethical to require graduate students to participate in a
      professor’s research project?

   7. What does a high school principal do each day?
Activity 17.2:
Types of Surveys

Match the concept from Column A with the correct statement from Column B

                 Column A                                 Column B

     1. Longitudinal survey              a. The researcher surveys the same sample
                                            of individuals at different times during
     2. Cross-sectional survey              the course of a study

     3. Trend study                      b. An advantage of this type of survey is
                                            that it gives the researcher access to a
     4. Cohort study                        sample that might be otherwise hard to
                                            reach
     5. Panel study
                                         c. Used whenever a researcher has access
     6. Census                              to all (or most) of the members of a
                                            particular group in one place
     7. Mail survey
                                         d. Researcher collects information at
     8. Personal interview                  different points in time in order to study
                                            changes over time

                                         e. Probably the most effective way to enlist
                                            the cooperation of the respondents in a
                                            survey

                                         f. Researcher obtains different samples of
                                            a particular population whose members
                                            do not change over the course of the
                                            study

                                         g. Researcher samples a population whose
                                            members may change over time

                                         h. Major purpose is to describe the
                                            characteristics of an invited sample

                                         i. Researcher collects information from a
                                            sample that has been drawn from a
                                            predetermined population

                                         j. An entire population is surveyed
Activity 17.3:
Open- vs. Closed-Ended Questions

In the space below each of the following open-ended question, see if you can change
them to closed-ended questions.

   1. What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?




   2. What makes a good teacher?




   3. What factors contributed to the election of George W. Bush in 2000?




   4. Why is it that many poor people in the United States today cannot improve their
      status?
Activity 17.4:
Conduct a Survey

How do the grades that students expect to get correspond to the quality of their work in
class? In this exercise, you are asked to conduct a survey to find out how other students
feel about this question. Contact a sample of at least 25 students in two different courses
(a total of 50) and ask them to rate the quality of their work in one of their courses and
tell you the grade they expect to get in that course. Use an expanded copy of the form
below.

RATING SCALE

A = Distinguished
B = Superior
C = Average
D = Below Average
F = Failure

COURSE #1

FIRST NAME OF STUDENT            RATING OF WORK IN CLASS              EXPECTED GRADE


________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________



COURSE #2

FIRST NAME OF STUDENT            RATING OF WORK IN CLASS              EXPECTED GRADE


________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________
Use the table below to record the number and percent of the total for each grade. How do
the ratings compare? What conclusions can you draw?

COURSE #1

FIRST NAME OF STUDENT           RATING OF WORK IN CLASS            EXPECTED GRADE

A
______________________________________________________________________
B
________________________________________________________________________
C
________________________________________________________________________
D
________________________________________________________________________
F


COURSE #2

FIRST NAME OF STUDENT           RATING OF WORK IN CLASS            EXPECTED GRADE

A
________________________________________________________________________
B
________________________________________________________________________
C
________________________________________________________________________
D
________________________________________________________________________
F

								
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