Communication COM 313
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Methods in Communication Research COM 313 Where do you begin? o Start with a guiding question and then your method choice will stem from the type of question you are asking. The 2 types of Guiding Questions o Quantitative these questions are searching for numbers. They make observations in the social world and turn them into numbers. o Qualitative these questions are searching for in depth descriptions and detailed knowledge behind something in words. They want to offer greater knowledge and understanding behind something. Research Questions vs. Hypothesis o RQs – in this class they will be questions about relationships between phenomena. o Hypothesis your expectation of an event based on the relationship between phenomena. These will always be statements. Negatively and Positively Related… o Positive Association is when an increase in one variable becomes associated with the increase in the other variable. Such as in this example hypothesis stating: the closer you are with someone the more conflict you will have. o Negative Association is when a decrease in one variable becomes associated with an increase in the other variable. Such as in this example hypothesis stating: the more conflict you have, the les satisfied you will be. What’s next now? o ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN ON HOW TO GET DATA FOR YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION OR HYPOTHESIS!!! Types of Research Methods: o Self Report Surveys this is when you report from individuals about their own behaviors. Closed Ended Questions – “How often do you and your partner go out on dates?” Open Ended Questions – “What do you specifically do to try and resolve conflict?” o In depth Interviews when you ask a person to describe in great detail their experiences with something. o Experiment o Observational Study when you are directly watching peoples behaviors. So what is a good research question? o A good research question has to be interesting, important researchable and ethical.
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