Module 2 - Case
RESEARCH QUESTIONS, VARIABLES, AND TYPES OF DATA
First, view the presentation titled Quantitative Research Questions and read the Module 2 background information. Then discuss the following items in 2-3 pages (not including the cover sheet and bibliography):
1. Develop four research questions that reflect education and/or training topics of interest to you. Three of these questions must be quantitative research questions, and one a qualitative research question.
Your quantitative research questions must each represent one of the following: descriptive research question, relational research question, and causal research question.
2. Identify attributes or variables included in each research question. Be sure to designate the type of variable identified, for example: independent variable (IV), dependent variable (DV), and/or covariate (CoV).
3. Describe the type of data that will be measured for each variable. Please designate whether the data is categorical (i.e., nominal or ordinal data) or continuous (i.e., interval or ratio data).
To receive maximum credit, you must demonstrate understanding of context and purpose of the assignment by bringing all required elements (described above) to the discussion, and meeting additional expectations (described below).
Include at least three in-text references, preferably including one which is other than those provided in the assigned readings. Feel free to do additional research as necessary.
As Master's-level students, it is expected that you develop strong skills for reviewing literature.
The Bibliography and overall paper must be formatted properly in APA format and style.
In accordance with BrainMass standards this is not a hand in ready assignments but is only background help.
A research question defines what is to be studied. It is called a methodological point of departure of research. The research question helps address the research problem. It is a statement that helps identify the phenomenon to be studied. The research question actually guides and centers the research (a). The research question helps focus on the point of study. From another perspective a person who is familiar with the literature on a particular subject uses the research question to gain focus and then develop hypotheses for testing.
Descriptive research question:
What percentage of schools follows common core state standards?
Relational research question:
What is the correlation between student voice and the subjects actually taught in Minnesota schools?
Causal research question:
Do wealthier schools use better technology for teaching?
This posting gives you a step-by-step explanation of research questions, the variables in research, and types of data. The response also contains the sources used.