All Academic, Inc. Research Logo

Info/CitationFAQResearchAll Academic Inc.
Document

Fostering Active Learning in Research Methods Courses Through the Use of Survey Research Projects
Unformatted Document Text:  8 full-class discussions, we stress the importance of questionnaire content and design by expanding on course readings and supplemental illustrations. Basic guidelines are presented, which include the following: items should reflect the purpose of the study; items must be properly worded, without bias; value categories must be carefully considered so as to adhere to principles of exhaustiveness mutual exclusivity and include range and gradations that each group find appropriate. Of course, there are advantages and weaknesses of closed-ended and open-ended questions. Concerns about coding typically prompts research groups to stick with closed-ended items by default. Questionnaire design guidelines are also introduced, including a one page (front and back) length requirement, clear instructions, and the use of contingency questions and matrices when necessary. In class, we couple discussions of professional ethics, as specifically related to the use of human subjects, with a walk-through of the Institutional Review Board approval process. Each survey group must complete the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams” tutorial. 1 IRB approval is perfunctory since projects are declared exempt from oversight as there will be no formal reporting of findings outside of the classroom. Following a theoretical discussion of sampling and principles and techniques of survey research, groups move toward the design of a data collection strategy. This exercisse serves as a useful illustration of convenience sampling as distinct from a more “systematic” probability sampling technique. Each group submits a draft questionnaire, which is their best effort at a finished survey instrument. Following instructor - 1 Available at the National Cancer Institute website - http://cme.cancer.gov/c01/intro_01.htm

Authors: DeWitt, Jeff.
first   previous   Page 9 of 25   next   last



background image
8
full-class discussions, we stress the importance of questionnaire content and design by
expanding on course readings and supplemental illustrations. Basic guidelines are
presented, which include the following: items should reflect the purpose of the study;
items must be properly worded, without bias; value categories must be carefully
considered so as to adhere to principles of exhaustiveness mutual exclusivity and include
range and gradations that each group find appropriate. Of course, there are advantages
and weaknesses of closed-ended and open-ended questions. Concerns about coding
typically prompts research groups to stick with closed-ended items by default.
Questionnaire design guidelines are also introduced, including a one page (front and
back) length requirement, clear instructions, and the use of contingency questions and
matrices when necessary.
In class, we couple discussions of professional ethics, as specifically related to the
use of human subjects, with a walk-through of the Institutional Review Board approval
process. Each survey group must complete the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH)
“Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams” tutorial.
IRB approval
is perfunctory since projects are declared exempt from oversight as there will be no
formal reporting of findings outside of the classroom.
Following a theoretical discussion of sampling and principles and techniques of
survey research, groups move toward the design of a data collection strategy. This
exercisse serves as a useful illustration of convenience sampling as distinct from a more
“systematic” probability sampling technique. Each group submits a draft questionnaire,
which is their best effort at a finished survey instrument. Following instructor -
1
Available at the National Cancer Institute website -


Convention
Convention is an application service for managing large or small academic conferences, annual meetings, and other types of events!
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.
Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!
Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!
Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

first   previous   Page 9 of 25   next   last

©2012 All Academic, Inc.