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Week 4 Lecture Notes - Social Research 1

by: Jessica Twehous

Week 4 Lecture Notes - Social Research 1 SOCIOL 2950 - 01

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Jessica Twehous
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Social Research 1
Joan Hermsen

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Date Created: 09/21/15
916 Notes week 4 Measurement Linking Theory to Research The Measurement Process Conceptualization Review the Literature on the Concept DefineRefine the Meaning of the Concept Operationalization Specify Empirical Indicators Spell out Procedures Apply Operational Definitions to produce data analyze data assess quality of o operational definitions Objective is to clarify the meaning of concepts embedded in the research question Clarification includes 0 Defining the theoretical meaning of the concept 0 Distinguishing the concept from similar concepts 0 Identifying dimensions of the concept Based on a review of the literature Conceptualization Example Research Q Does selfcare prevent burnout among Black Lives Matter activists Main concepts selfcare burnout activists Moving from concept to variable 0 Ideas become concepts that are testedexplored in research 0 Example quotSpatial mismatchquot is the concept that refers to the ideas that there is mismatch between where lowincome households reside and where suitable job opportunities are available 0 Concepts are translated into indicators or variables in the process of research 0 Variable logical set of attributes that varies across cases in data 0 Example socical class upper class middle class lower class 0 Example marital status currently marriedcurrently not married 0 Example spatial mismatch degree of difference between location of people amp location ofjobs Operationalization Variables are translated into measures in the actual completion of research Measure specific way a variable is quantified or defined lncome total earnings from formal sector employment total income flows into household including public transfers stock dividends earnings child support etc Educa on Attainment hs dropout hs graduate some college college grad Completion years of schooling completed Spatial Mismatch Dissimilarity index of people orjobs that would have to change locations to eliminate geographic imbalance Quantitative Research Preexisting datasets have variables with measurement already defined Collecting survey data researcher defines the measurement of variable in advance and is usually a response option to a survey item Example What is your gender Male 1 Female 2 Transgender 3 How would you measure race How would you measure the idea of fun Variables amp Measures Qualitative research Measurement of variables can be defined in advance or after the collection of data Example quotselfcarequot In advance code each time someone says quotspaquot quotsleepquot quotread bookquot


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