Valley Fever before and after the participants are educated regarding the risks of contracting Valley Fever (Matthews & Kostelis, 2011). I should be able to get the quantitative data from the Arizona health department, since the CDC requires that it be collected (Arizona Department of Health Services: Valley Fever Annual Report 2012). To begin the study, the participants will answer a survey that was designed by Soloman and Felder of North Carolina State University (n.d.) that determines their learning styles. Then, based on the individual’s learning style, educational materials will be distributed to the participant. Once the education process is completed a quantitative assessment will be given to assess the individuals understanding of the material. If the individual is unable to pass the test, more information in other forms will be given until the individual passes the test. Six months after the material is presented, individuals will be contacted again using a semi-structured qualitative research tool. They will be asked about their health and questioned again related to their understanding of Valley Fever. This is help in refining educational materials as needed. This methodology will help to ensure that each participant is educated on a level of their understanding as that will be pivotal to the research and provide needed follow up on the rates of Valley Fever in the participants in the study compared to the general population. Reference Arizona Department of Health Services: Valley Fever Annual Report 2012. (n.d.). Retrieved Jan 20, 2014, from azdhs.gov:
- fever/documents/reports/valley-fever-2012.pdf Matthews, T. D. and Kostelis, K. T. (2011). Designing and conducting research in health and human performance. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Soloman, B. A., & Felder, R. M. (n.d.). Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire . Retrieved Feb 15, 2014, from Unit 7 Get Write Goals: To complete the draft of your research process section by posting your description and analysis of sampling concepts and describing your sampling plan To begin the draft of your ethics section Use feedback provided to you and others to refine the draft as needed before submitting it in the unit 5 project Example: Research Problem: What can be done to decrease the rates of Valley Fever in Arizona? Hypothesis: If public awareness and understanding of the risks of contracting Valley Fever are increased, then the rate of infection associated with this endemic disease of Arizona will decrease. Research Process Sampling There are several terms that need to be understood related to developing a sampling plan. First, a researcher must consider where to get needed information. The research target population is people, events, or objects to which the researcher wishes to generalize the results from the study (Matthews, & Kostelis, 2011). That is, it is where I can find the information I need related to my hypothesis.
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