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Research Question(s): “What” of the research
I wonder if students study in CTE program have higher salary or students
study in traditional high school after graduation.
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Variables:

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The independent variable in this research will be students study
CTE program in high school (normally age between 16-18)
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The dependent variable in this research will be employed rate
and salary rate after students graduate from CTE program in high
school.
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The intervening or mediating variable in this research will be
students’ motivations, participant and how many CTE credits they
take.
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Relationship between variables
There is a direct relationship between these variables. If students study
CTE program in high school, they have strong motivations, participant the
more credits they take, the more chance they can get hire and have
higher employee salary than other students.
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What is the purpose of operationalizing variables?
The reason for operationalizing variables is to turn those variables into
something readers can clearly understand my analysis result. This means
we can turn those variables into something that is measurable.
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How would you operationalize the variables in your
research question(s)? You can mention more than one possible
option for these, as there can be different ways of
operationalizing the same variables.
I will classify my result based on how many CTE credits students take in
high school and compare their average salary and employment rate after
graduating from high school. I will organize my result into a statistic, so
readers can easily understand the result I get from the analysis.
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Develop a set of hypotheses (null and alternative) from
your identified variables that address your identified research
question(s).
Null hypothesis: Students in high school taking more CTE credits do not
affect their employment rate and salary after graduation.
Alternative hypothesis: Students take more CTE credits in high school has
high employment rate and high salary after graduation.