Lecture Assignment #1 Revised
Assignment 1 (total points = 15)
Read the first 7 pages and the first two lines of page 8 (Stop reading when you
reach the subheading “Dependent Variable” at the top of page #8.) of the article entitled,
“Predictors of Perceived Work-Family Balance: Gender Differences or Gender
Similarity?” by Jennifer Keene & Jill Quadagno. You will find the article on electronic
reserve. Tell how the authors discussed the following (a-f), by giving the page number
on which it was done and a brief paragraph describing what they wrote. Do this in a list
format not an essay format. The authors use two different data sets for their analyses.
Thus, for question #d. below, discuss the variables that the authors used in the GSS data
set only. You do not need to answer this question for the variables used in the NSCW
data set. For questions #e & #f you will need to discuss both data sets.
a. (1 pt) What is the author’s key research question?
b. (2 pts) How does the author justify (what is the importance of answering) the
c. (5 pts) What is the hypothesis (just choose one hypothesis)? Rewrite the author’s
hypothesis to follow the form Hr: Name the independent and dependent
d. (4 pts) How does the author define (operationalize) the variables in this study?
e. (2 pts) What data source does the author use? Describe the data source.
f. (1 pt.) Are the results generalizable? How do you know?