The assignments in this course are aimed at building your knowledge toolkit so that you could conduct rigorous survey research on your own.
Since the time constraints of our class do not allow for us to actually carry out a full survey research project, we will practice putting together all the steps into a paper that begins to investigate a major social problem.
This first homework assignment is intended to ensure that you are on the right track to create your survey (due in Week 7) and write up a final paper (due during Finals Week) where you will discuss your research topic, conduct a brief literature review, analyse your preliminary survey results, and discuss your findings.
For this assignment, please address the following:
Select a social problem you want to investigate (check out this website (Links to an external site.) if you need ideas).
Describe the social problem and which aspect of the problem you are interested in investigating. Be specific (i.e., don’t say gender inequality, that is too broad. Instead, describe a specific type or context of gender equality, like gender inequality in the workplace)
State a specific research question and explain why survey methods are well suited to help you answer this question. (You can have more than one research question if you’d like
At first glance, stating a research question may seem like a simple task. However, you need to really think about what research questions you can answer using survey research methods in particular.
Be sure that your research question is not so broad that a project designed to understand it would take a lifetime to complete. At the same time, you don’t want a research question that is so specific that finding information related to your project will be difficult. Writing a research question that falls between these two extremes is difficult and takes practice and this assignment is intended to help you practice this skill.
What is your dependent variable (the outcome you want to explain)? Provide a few ideas of how you might measure this with survey questions.
What are 2-3 main independent variables (factors that you think might cause variations in your dependent variable)? Provide a few ideas of how you might measure this with survey questions.
What population would you study?
This assignment should be 2-3 pages, double spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font. You are not required to use additional scholarly resources for this assignment, however, if you do, please cite them within the text and in a reference section at the end.
This assignment is not a formal paper, and therefore you don’t need an introduction and conclusion. You are welcome to write it with paragraphs that flow from one to the next or in bullet point format.
In this assignment you will fine tune your research question(s) and variables by figuring out how to measure (operationalize) your variables using survey questions. You will create a total of 10 survey questions.
While you will create this survey using Survey Monkey (see below), the assignment you upload to Canvas should be in either Word or PDF format. This will allow me to provide feedback on your question construction, which you can incorporate before sending the survey out to at least 10 respondents of your choice.
State your research question(s).
State your dependent variable and at least 3 independent variables.
Conceptualise and operationalise each variable.
Design a survey questionnaire with at least ten questions.
Remember, each question should be designed in such a way that it helps you investigate
the connection between your dependent and independent variables
You will eventually administer the survey to people using this online format (but for grading and feedback purposes please upload to Canvas in a document).
Creating a survey in Survey Monkey:
Sign up for a free, basic account with Survey Monkey http://www.surveymonkey.com/.
Once you log into your account, click on the top right-hand button Create Survey. Select the Start from Scratch option and create a survey title.
Should include clear instructions for respondents. To fill in the instructions, add a Title Page
Should have at least 10 questions total.
Up to 4 of these can be demographic questions. Examples of demographic questions include race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, age, year of birth, relationship status (marital status), number of children, religion, etc.
At least 6 questions should measure attitudes, opinions, or behaviours (as related to your dependent variable).
At least 1 of these six should be an open-ended question. Notes about survey question design in Survey Monkey
All questions should be “multiple choice” except your one open-ended question.
When you start typing a question into the online form, the site will suggest questions that match
key terms (see image below). You can select a question in the Survey Monkey question bank if it suits your needs.
Sometimes I think it is easiest to use the preset questions and then just edit the question and/or answer choices to best fit what you want (this saves some formatting time).
To edit a preset question, first add it to your survey. Then, hover over the question and a series of options will appear, including “edit”
Once you click “edit” you can change the text of both the question and the answer choices
Be sure you have a total of ten questions on your survey.
Some of the things I will be looking at when it comes to your survey questionnaire:
Are there clear instructions for respondents to follow?
Does the question contain spelling or grammatical errors?
Is the question clear and precise?
Is the question free of bias, which encourages a particular response?
Does the question contain double-barrel statements, which really contain two questions? For
For example, how frequently and how many minutes do you exercise per day?
If the question is close-ended does the student provide a “Prefer Not to Answer/Unsure” option so that there is an answer choice to fit everyone?
Does the ordering of questionnaire items make sense with similar questions clustered together?
You will eventually send this survey to at least 10 people to fill out, but please wait to do so until I grade this assignment (in case you need to make any edits based on my feedback). combine with Survey Monkey create 10 questions and answer.