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Assignment 5: Chapter 14

Questionnaires, survey research and Sampling

Address 3 of the 8 questions below by writing a paragraph or more on each of the 3 items. Please use your text to respond accurately

  1. Compare and contrast the characteristics of open-ended, and fixed alternative questions. Identify the advantages and limitations of each.
  2. Discuss the importance of pretesting a survey. That should be addressed during this process?
  3. Describe in detail the advantages and disadvantages of the following methods for survey administration; face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, and mail questionnaires.
  4. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a) probability sampling, b) simple random sampling, c) systematic sampling, d) cluster sampling, and e) multistage sampling.
  5. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a) nonprobability sampling, b) convenience sampling, c) quota sampling, and d) snowball sampling.
  6. Describe the two main considerations that need to be addressed when selecting a sample size. In addition, discuss how the issue of accuracy in the estimate of population values relates to the concepts of confidence internals, and sampling error.
  7. What are the advantages of taking a computer versus paper survey?
  8. Compare and contrast reliability and validity

Choose only one of the 2 ways to earn extra credit for Exam 3.  Please choose only one of these ways whether to attend the BPRB and complete a one page summary or complete the assignment related to chapter 12.  You will not get credit for both.  You will only get credit for one of these so choose wisely.  Read the instructions below:

The first way to earn up to 9 pts of extra credit is to:

         Attend the BPRB on Friday, April 6th from 9am – noon at the Pettigrew Center on campus.  Submit in this dropbox a one page summary (double-spaced) on 2 research paper presentations (not posters).  You must see sign in at the front desk or see me to sign in at the BPRB, attend 2 paper presentations and submit a one page summary on the paper presentations to receive up to 9 points.  

Second way to earn up to 9 points of extra credit is:

    Complete 1, 2, or all 3 following scenarios.  You will receive up to 3 pts for each scenario completed.  The Turnitin similarity check will be conducted.  A rubric is attached. Be sure to respond to all statements and questions asked. 

  1. 1. Effect of Three Strikes Law on Crime.  Design an Interrupted Time Series Study. You are a forensic psychologist interested in the effect of new California legislation entitled “Three Strikes and You’re Out” on the frequency of violent crime in the state.  Basically this law proposes that each time someone is convicted and put in jail for a violent crime, this constitutes a strike.  Three such convictions result in life imprisonment or the death penalty.  Design an interrupted time series study that will assess the effectiveness of this law. Discuss the limitations of this design and how such limitations affect the interpretation of results.
  2. Use online references such as PsycINFO and PubMed to find three scientific studies related to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Identify if the studies are correlational, quasi-experimental, or naturalistic observations.
  3. Design a correlational, quasi-experimental, or naturalistic study that examines the relationship between students’ blog activity and academic achievement. Identify the key components of your research design.  Use online references such as PsycINFO and PubMed to find related articles.

Last Updated on April 28, 2019

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