Practice Questions Interdiscipli nary Resea rch Course Summer

Practice Questions Interdiscipli nary Resea rch Course  Summer

Practice Questions Interdiscipli nary Resea rch Course Summer 2015 One (or two) more words about measurement before the questions begin is a concept that can be measured means: 0 A variable is a concept that takes on different values.. For example.. 0 Age is a concept 0 A variable

0 Age becomes a variable when the researcher specifies the values of age, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 0 Bullying is a concept 0 Bullying becomes a variable when the research assigns values to it.. i.e. types of bullying = physical, emotional, online, ostracizing.. 0 Well being is a concept, 0 it becomes a variable when a researcher assigns values i.e. high level of well-being, moderate well-being, low well-being. How the values of a variable differ is known as the level of measurement

0The level of measurement of age is ratio when operationalized in years; 0The level of measurement of bullying is nominal when operationalized as type of bullying; 0The level of measurement of well being is ordinal when operationalized as degree to wellbeing Below are a few practice questions that might be help with some of the material that will be on the mid-term You need to view the power point from the Slide Show function to see the correct answers. click onto the slide and the next click will show the answer

Ask your instructor for clarification of any question Measurement is a part of the scientific process that involves moving from _______________ to _______________. a. the concrete ..... the theoretical b. the theoretical ..... the concrete c. concepts ..... hypotheses d. theories ..... hypotheses What is the difference between conceptualization and operationalization? 0 conceptualization 0 Uses words to define a concept 0 Dictionary definition

0 More abstract 0 Operationalization 0 Uses numbers to define a concept 0 How a variable is measured 0 Identifies how a variable varies; what the values of the variables are 0 More concrete what you count A researcher is planning to conduct a client satisfaction survey. By choosing every 4th client after a random starting place, she selected 250 clients from the 1,000 active cases seen at the Child and Adolescent Center during 2011-2012. a what is the populationclients B what is the sample frame 1,000 client active cases

250 selected clients C what is the sample One client d what is a sampling unit Systematic random sample e what is the type of sampling strategy used 0Identify the four levels of measurement and give the distinguishing characteristics of each. 0 Nominal values categorical only 0 Ordinal values can be ranked 0 Intervalspecific intervals between each

value 0 Ratio values are the same as interval, with a 0 as a possible value Which of the following variables is most clearly NOT a ratio level variable? a. income b. ethnicity c. number of prior arrests d. number of magazines subscribed to An ordinal variable has all of the following characteristics EXCEPT: a. mutually exclusive categories. b. an order to the categories. c. equal spacing between the measurement units.

d. ordinal variables have all of the above. A research study measures height by having observers judge people's height and classify them into one of three categories: tall height, medium height, and short height. The resulting measure would most clearly be at which level of measurement? a. b. c. d. nominal ordinal interval continuous

A disproportionate stratified sample is used when: a.you want every element in the population to have the same chance of appearing in the sample. b.you want to make comparisons among subgroups in the population when some of those subgroups are fairly uncommon. c.it is not possible to use a probability sample. d.the sampling error is likely to be low. Which of the following could constitute a "sampling frame"? a.a pretest of an experiment. b.the results of a study that have been reported in a human service journal. c.a single-subject design intended to test the efficacy of Parent Effectiveness Training. d.a list of all clients of a community mental health

agency. Quota sampling is like stratified sampling in that both: a. have low sampling error. b. can determine the probability of each element in a population appearing in the sample. c. are nonprobability samples. d. divide a population into categories and sample from those categories. 0Describe two methods of assessing the validity of measurement devices and elaborate on the advantages and

disadvantages of each. 0 Face validity subjective (or expert) judgment as to whether the measurement is valid 0 Criterion validity how does the measure I am using compare to another criteria or standard or ruler 0Describe one method of assessing the reliability of measurement devices and elaborate on the advantages and disadvantages 0 Test-re-test administer the measurement at different times and get the same answer

both times Which of the following would be the best demonstration of the validity of a scale for the measurement of suicide potential? a. Ask mental health experts to assess whether it measures suicide potential accurately. b. Correlate the scale results with the actual occurrence of suicides. c. Ask people who have attempted suicide whether it measures suicide potential accurately. d. Administer the scale to those who have attempted suicide to see if they score appropriately on it. The most important distinction that needs to be made about samples is whether they are based on:

a. populations that are easy or difficult to find b. single or multi-stage selection procedures c. nonprobability or probability sampling strategy d. large or small fraction of the population e. sampling frame of all elements or not The entire set of individuals or other entities to which study findings will be generalized is the: 1. 2. 3. 4. sampling unit population Element

None of the above In a study of educational practices, a researcher first samples schools and then within schools, interviews a sample of teachers. In this example, the schools are called what? 5. 6. 7. 8. Individuals Sampling frames Aggregations Clusters A __________ sample is one in which the researcher selects elements for the sample that the researcher's judgment and prior knowledge suggest

will best serve the purposes of the study. a. snowball b. systematic c. quota d. purposive Putting Information together with other Information .. Putting the puzzle pieces together 0 Give an example of a deductive research approach for a study that explores or describes a topic you are interested in 0 Give an example of an inductive research approach for a study that explores or describes a topic you

are interested in Which type of survey A - has lowest response rate, but good for reaching large, dispersed populations at relatively low costs B -requires greater funds and increasingly bad on response rates C -allow greatest length and complexity as well as ability to monitor conditions while questionnaire is completed F - is limited by technology and access G - is the strongest design and generally preferable when sufficient resources and a trained staff are

available H. has many of the advantages of inperson interviews but at a lower cost A- Mailed surveys B- Phone surveys C- In person surveys F - Electronic surveys G - In person interviews H - Telephone surveys VIGNETTE Chelsea and Andy Chelsea and Andy are graduate research students concerned with environmental health. As part of their course requirements, they must work collaboratively to develop, implement, and present the results from an original research project. They know that many low-income homes contain lead-based paint and that exposure to lead can cause behavioral problems,

autism, and mental health issues, which are issues that community workers commonly address in their work. Both students are placed at a home repair organization that gives them access to families in the community and leaders of lead poisoning prevention programs. The have decided to investigate the relationship between community lead poisoning prevention programs and parents awareness of the effects of lead poisoning in children, the ways to identify lead exposure, and how to treat lead poising. They are excited about their research idea, but cannot agree on key elements of the research design. Chelsea feels that their research question is not well defined, and wants to see how other researchers have conceptualized and conducted research with families living in low-income housing. She feels that she and Andy should randomly select participants from the list of participants who have taken an earlier lead poison prevention workshop and send them a questionnaire about their level of awareness as a result of the workshop. Chelsea hopes that the results will be generalizable to the larger population of low-income families in the area. Andy, on the other hand, disagrees with Chelsea. He believes that researchers dont have a good understanding of the experiences and needs of families involved with lead prevention programs. He wants to interview workshop participants about their experiences in lead poisoning prevention programs and gain insight about the effects of the workshop intervention on the participants

remediation behaviors. Andy doesn't think that participants will respond to a mailed questionnaire and is concerned that a survey will not provide information on individual experiences. He suggests asking the home repair organizations that host workshops to identify at least one prospective person to interview about their experiences and from that one person, find other study participants . Consider the ways the students can obtain a sample for the study and match the correct sampling strategy with the appropriate description. A. Simple random sample B. Snowball sample C. Stratified random sample D. Availability or convenience sample E. Systematic random sample F. None of the above E _____Contact

the home repair organization and ask for a list of all of the workshop participants. Randomly select every 4th individual on the list and mail him or her a questionnaire. D _____Visit the home repair organization clients who are in the area and ask if any of them would be willing to answer your questions. B _____Ask one of the workshop leaders to identify the name of one participant to interview, then ask that one participant to provide contact information for the names of other workshop participants. A _____Obtain a list of workshop participants from all of the organizations that host lead poisoning prevention workshops and randomly select individuals to interview Fill in the blank. Chelsea is proposing a _______________ research method, whereas Andy is proposing a _______________ type of

research method. 0 Exploratory/explanatory 0 Qualitative/quantitative 0 Quantitative/qualitative 0 Mixed method/longitudinal 0 If the students develop and send out a survey as Chelsea proposes, the independent variable in this study would be 0 The home repair organization 0 Lead poison prevention programs offered by the home repair organization 0 Childrens exposure to lead-based paints 0 Parents living in low-income housing 0 There would be no independent variable in this study Chelsea and Andy want to understand whether or not lead poisoning prevention

programs impact parents awareness of the effects of lead poisoning. The best design to research establish this type of causal relationship would be: 0Chelseas survey 0Andys qualitative study 0A literature review of the lead poisoning prevention programs 0None of the above 0All of the above If the students develop and send out a survey as Chelsea proposes, the dependent variable in this study would be 0parents awareness of the effects of lead poisoning in children, 0the ways to identify lead exposure 0how to treat lead poising. 0All of the above would be dependent variables 0None of the above would be a dependent variable The statement exposure to lead can cause behavioral problems, autism, and mental health issues, is best described as

0 A research question 0 A research hypothesis 0 A concept 0 The unit of analysis 0 None of the above The statement There is a positive relationship between the community lead poisoning prevention programs and parents awareness of the effects of lead poisoning in children, the ways to identify lead exposure, and how to treat lead poising is best described as 0 A research question 0 A research hypothesis 0 A concept 0 The unit of analysis 0 None of the above

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