Social Experiment Assignment

August 18, 2017 | Author: edadsetan | Category: Hypothesis, Research Design, Experiment, Methodology, Scientific Method
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Social Experiments Due: Monday, March 2nd (both experiments) You will be conducting social experiments out in the real world. While you are going to be conducting your own observations, you will also need to keep several things to consider. Not only do you need to keep in mind what the norm you are deviating from, but you need to keep in mind the purpose of this assignment. To help you do this, you need to answer: • Research Problem (Research Question) • What is the basic problem/question? What is that we do not know or fully understand? What are the consequences for leaving this problem/question unresolved? What is the purpose of your research: exploratory, descriptive, or explanatory? • Operation • What are the variables to consider as part of this experiment? What may you need to explain observations? • Could the study have been improved by using a different indicator? Based on the variables available, has the concept changed from what you originally intended? • Hypothesis (Hypotheses) • Is there a stated hypothesis for your study, and if so what is it? • What are the independent and dependent variables are in the hypothesis? o Were any other variables identified as potentially important that are not included in the hypothesis? • Justify your hypothesis in terms of a theoretical framework, prior research, or a logical self-developed guess. o If using a logical self-developed guess, present evidence or an argument to support the hypothesis. • Make certain the independent and dependent variables are in the hypothesis. • Research Design (Research Methods) • Mode of Observation – o Was an experimental, survey, participant observation, or some other design used? o How well is this design suited to the research question posed and the specific hypothesis tested, if any? • Sample – o Was a sample or the entire population of elements used in the study? o What type of sample was selected?

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Is the sample generally representative of the population from which it was drawn? How likely is it that your findings will be generalizable to other populations?

• Findings (Analysis and Interpretation) • It is expected that you describe the observations, and describe the relationships between variables (if any). • This should be presented in the form of an argument using data (observations, interviews, artifacts, etc.) as evidence to test the hypothesis, support your claim, or make an assertion. • Summary and Conclusions – • Summarize your findings. o Are any other interpretations possible? o Do you think your findings would have been different under different methodological restraints (e.g., different size sample or different research design)? o What light did the study shed on the theoretical frame? o How do your results relate to social policy or the greater world beyond academia? o What additional research questions and hypotheses are suggested or could be posed by your results? o If you were the head of a federal agency, how would you design the study to address the weaknesses? • Bibliography (Reference List) • Appendices o Tables, Graphs, Charts

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