Methodology Section

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This assignment has the following student learning objectives:

1.  State the steps involved in survey design so that others may replicate you efforts in order to insure reliability.

2.  Apply proper spelling, grammar, and citation style rules and guidelines.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge of reactivity, anonymity and confidentiality, bias, sample, validity, population, percentages vs. percentage points.

4.  Analyze sample validity by way of a table construction using sample vs. population percentages.

Write this section in paragraph form using the subheadings below. Use clear topic sentences at the start of each section and employ proper in-text citations where necessary with full bibliography at the end of the paper.

·  Hypothesis: State your research hypothesis and include your diagram of dependent and independent variables.

·  Survey Instrument: Describe the type of survey used. Specify the number of items in the entire survey, whether they are open or closed; the overall organization of the survey, including item sequencing. Where in the survey are your survey questions placed and why?

·  Administration: How was the survey administered? Describe the procedures of survey administration; discuss strategies for reducing respondent reactivity, ensuring confidentiality and/or anonymity, and use of incentives. Demonstrate your knowledge of these terms. State the approximate time it took for respondents to complete the survey.

·  Sampling Design: State the target population. What type of sample was used and why? Explain limitations of the sampling design related to representativeness. State the completed sample size.

·  Assess Sample Validity:  Introduce Table 1. Place population values in left column and sample values on the right. Compare sample characteristics (using our data set) with population characteristics about India provided by CIA Factbook (see or other official data source about India. Cite the source in your table and in the bibliography, using ASA style guidelines. Choose two (2) socio-demographic variables to include in your table: sex, religion, age, etc. State the variable as a percentage in columns of your table with the total number (N) for the population and sample at the bottom of each column the table. Write one short paragraph per trait, so two (2) short paragraphs in total. Be specific about your assessment: compare each category and state the percentage-point difference between the population and the sample, including direction of error. Did we oversample or undersample this category? That is, is this category over-represented or under-represented in our sample compared to the official data? See the sample Table 1 below. You can either state percentages as whole integers (e.g. 50%) or tenths (e.g. 51.1%)—just be consistent. Make sure your entire table is on the same page and not broken into two parts on two separate pages. Here is an example:

Table 1: Socio-Demographic Characteristics








51­  _

60  _ 





Be sure to complete two (2) different tables on two (2) separate socio-demographic characteristics.

·  Conclusion: Provide a brief overall assessment of the sample representativeness (i.e. external validity).

LENGTH: No specific length requirement. Your work should be double-spaced (except for tables) using Times New Roman characters and size 12 font.

SOURCES: The reference list must include complete bibliographic information of each cited article, following the ASA style guide.

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