In this discussion, you will explore the trade-off of whether to use open- or closed-ended questions in survey research. For this discussion, address the following in your main post:
- Articulate a crime-related problem statement that is appropriate for a survey of college students based on your desired criminal justice career path.
- Develop at least one hypothesis and several variables related to your problem statement.
- Draft five closed-ended questions that measure these variables and five open-ended questions that you think will measure the same variables as the closed-ended questions.
- Examine the effectiveness of responses that could be collected from each type of question based on the question format and phrasing.
The purpose of this discussion is to gain a deeper understanding of the function and utility of surveys as a viable research method. For this discussion, use your library research skills to locate a research article in an academic journal that presents survey data on a criminology/criminal justice-related topic and address the following in your main post:
- Explain the sampling design, manner of administration, response rate, and number of surveys completed for the survey selected based on the information presented in the methods section of the article selected.
- Analyze the key findings of the study, as stated in the abstract (or in the absence of the abstract, in the findings section of the article), in the context of the study's problem statement.
- Explore the generalizability of the findings based on the survey.
- Determine whether there are any potential problems for generalizability based on response rates for each survey.