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Developing Research Instruments

Develop your research instruments that you will use to gather data in 612. Perform the reliability and validity checks on the instrument. Then prepare a short APA essay describing the reliability and validity checks you chose, how you performed them, and the results of the checks. Use at least one outside supporting source. Add the actual instrument(s) as an appendix following the reference page.

I would like to do a Quantitative study on an institute. They have been operating for quite a few years but have requested my assistance for process improvement. I want to implement a resource center where students can come in and do their assignments, tutors will be present, a place where books and online resources are available. I strongly believe this will increase the quality of homework being turned in as students will have the opportunity to be away from home and will begin to see the institute more like a college. We currently have classes but nothing more. I want to survey students to see if this is something they feel they can benefit greatly from but have no idea how to go about it and my teacher is not helpful. I believe this will also help enrollment. Please let me know if you have any questions .

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To complete this part of the research, you will have to decide whether you want your research instrument to be a survey using a questionnaire or a survey using an interview. It will be easier to use a questionnaire are your instrument. The survey should include primarily multiple choice items to measure each variable. The biggest challenge you will have is that in order to test the instrument's reliability and validity, you will have to pretest it. Pretesting is considered an all-but-essential step in survey research. No matter how experienced the survey researcher, pretests almost invariably bring to light item ambiguities and other sources of bias and error. In fact, some researchers argue that a minimum of two pretests are necessary, with pretest sizes of 25 - 75 (75 is best) administered to participants similar to those who will be in the final sample. The first pretest may have up to twice the number of items as the final, as one purpose is to identify ...

Solution Summary

For designing your survey and analyzing and data you will find it helpful to use some standard research design and statistical resources.