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SE 10, Summer Session II 2008, Pazzani-Raitt Short Assignment # 1: Conceptualize This assignment is designed to prepare you to develop a specific research question in an area of interest to you. It is worth 20 points, with the option of 1 extra credit point for excellent writing. The assignment must be typed and written in complete sentences, but essay form is not required. The assignment is due on Monday August 11. You will have approximately 15 minutes at the beginning of class to edit your assignment in collaboration with your classmates and instructors, however the assignment should be completed before class, and is to be done independently. At the end of the collaboration period, you will be required to turn in the assignment. 1. Identify a broad concept in your area of interest that you would like to work with. Examples include violence, delinquency, and global warming.
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Unformatted text preview: You may use one of these or one of your own choosing. You may not choose drug use, happiness, art, recidivism, or any other class example. (1 points) 2. Go through the three steps to conceptualize this area: a. Subdivide- provide at least three categories of your concept (3 points) b. Focus- select a subcategory that you will focus on (2 points) c. List indicators- provide at least three indicators you might use to measure the concept you have selected (3 points) 3. Operationalize one of the indicators from step 2c. Provide at least two specific ways you can collect data using this indicator. Remember to be specific and to include a time period or units if applicable. (6 points) 4. Generate a specific research question involving the concept you’ve just identified. (3 points) a. What are the independent and dependent variables in this question? (2 points)...
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