hypothesis that the research seeks to refute or uphold. It also formulates
the specific research questions that will aid in the whole research process.
Research design. This is a step in the sociological research process that
shows and spells out the procedure for the collection of data with the
guided assistance of the formulated hypotheses and research questions.
This step requires that the researcher clearly tells if he/she will conduct an
experiment or conduct a survey.
Data collection. This step involves the actual collection of data in the field
after a research design has been identified. The collection techniques will
be dictated by the used research design. It can be observation, measuring
Hypothesis testing. When the actual and needed data has been collected, it
is processed and analyzed. The analyzed and processed data is used to
test the formulated hypothesis. The researched questions are also
answered in this step.
Report writing. This is the last step in the sociological research process.
This step includes the information from each of the steps in the research
process. The report contains the findings that was concluded from the
research process. This report will be used in making recommendations for
the solution of the problem that was in focus.
40 / 40 pts
(TCOs 3 and 8) You have been asked by a committee of student success coaches
to investigate why the rate at which freshman students post to their course
threaded discussions is lower than the rate for other groups of students. Explain
how the symbolic-interactionist perspective would analyze and explain the low
posting rate. (In other words, consider the contributing factors that the symbolic-
interactionist perspective would focus on in trying to explain the reasons for the
low rate of students posting to their threads.) Then discuss a solution that an
interactionist might use to encourage freshman students to post.