survey_part2 - SOCIOLOGY 311: PROFESSOR PHILLIPS STRUCTURED...

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SOCIOLOGY 311: PROFESSOR PHILLIPS STRUCTURED QUESTIONNAIRE EXERCISE Your task in this exercise is to develop a set of questions that can be used to test a simple bivariate hypothesis. You will administer the questions to a minimum of 30 people, check the inter-item correlations among closed-ended measures of your dependent variable to make sure it is appropriate to sum them into a composite index (internal consistency reliability), check the index against the open-ended question as an indication of convergent validity, and test your bivariate hypothesis both with your index and with your open-ended question. PART II: Data preparation: After collecting your data, follow the instructions in lecture (and reviewed below) for preparing your code sheet for computer analysis. Partners’ data must end up in a compatible form to be analyzed on the computer. You MUST end up with the same system of numeric codes for all variables, and the same system for coding open-ended questions into numbered categories. The whole team must use the same format for the summary sheet. The summary sheet should be prepared in SPSS or some other spreadsheet program. As described below, each column of the spreadsheet contains a single variable (beginning with ID number) and each row contains data for a single individual respondent. Preparing summary sheets: 1. Assign a computer name to each variable. This name should be between 3 and 8 characters (letters or numbers; first must be a letter) which will remind you of the content of the item. Label the open-ended variable "open." HINT: One system that might be helpful is to use a 6-letter name and end with the number of the item on your questionnaire. 2. You will be entering your data into a computer spreadsheet program. Make the first column for the ID number. Then make one column for each closed-ended dependent variable question in the order that they appear on the questionnaire, putting the computer name at the top of each column. Add a column labeled INDEX after the last
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:311 taught by Professor Phillips during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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