PSY7860 WEEK 8

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Week 8

  • Quantitative Methods


    Quantitative Methods

    Jordan (who prefers the pronoun “they”) has cruised into their comfort zone. After learning about research questions, they knew this week was going to keep them focused on applying the quantitative methodology to the population, sample, instruments, variables, analysis, and interpretation of the data.

    For some learners, quantitative methods can be intimidating. Oftentimes, learners think they need to know statistics to understand the methodology. Jordan believes that the best way to dispel these beliefs is to get close with the material and understand each of the components of research as it relates to the methodology.

    Jordan noted, “I’m all about investigating the data elements and how they come together to explain what people think, feel, and believe.”

    TO DO LIST:

    • Discussion: Discuss what interests you about quantitative research methods, or another aspect of this week’s content.
    • Quiz: Take the quiz.
    • What You Need to Know: Learn about quantitative methods.
    • Plan: Prepare for your upcoming assignment.
  • Discussion Overview

     

    Each discussion in this course has a couple of questions that may ask you to apply your readings, use new skills, identify additional outside sources, reflect on how content applies to you, or give you an opportunity to talk about what interests you most. You may choose one to respond to each week or you could post your own content related to the concept for the week.

  • Quiz Overview

    Take the multiple-choice quiz to gauge your understanding of the material presented in Week 8.

  • What You Need to Know

     

    Readings

    • Use your Creswell and Creswell text, Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approachesto read the following:
      • Chapter 8, “Quantitative Methods,” pages 147–177.
    • The Course Study Guide [PDF] highlights content to focus on as you read and absorb the materials. You may also find some additional articles with direct relevance to your field in the guide.

    This resource provides additional information about methodology that may be useful:

  • Plan: Assignment Preparation

     

    You may want to work ahead on next week’s assignment where you will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and tie all that you have learned together. If you haven’t used PowerPoint in while (or ever), take some time to explore it and practice using the tool.

  • Write Your Discussion Post


    For help using Yellowdig, please see Using Yellowdig [PDF] or Grading in Yellowdig [PDF]. Or visit Yellowdig Forums, Capella’s Campus support page for Yellowdig, with links for technical support.

    Begin practicing the use of APA style for citations and references. All information that is not your opinion or experience should have a citation to show the reader where the fact came from and then a reference at the end of the post.

    Discussion Question

    This week’s focus is quantitative research methods and how researchers use them to explain the outcome(s) of their study. Please post something to the discussion board related to the content covered this week.

    Note: Do not create your post as a reply to the pinned post. Instead, use Yellowdig’s Create option to create a new post. Label your post with the hashtag for the week (#Week8) so that others can sort posts by the week’s topic.

    Here are some ideas for your post to get you started:

    • Consider a research topic of your choice that could be studied quantitatively. Try creating a research hypothesis and share what variables you might include in your study. What things might you need to consider when selecting participants for your study?
    • What research question most interests you in your field or line of work? Briefly, how might you utilize quantitative methods to approach a study on that topic?
    • After completing the readings for this week, share which reading most interested you or you felt was most immediately relevant to your own professional or academic career.

    Response Guidelines

    As you respond to your classmates, share your experiences and anecdotal feedback regarding their posts. How have your personal experiences resonated with their ideas? What can you add to their ideas, building upon the connections you have made to the material so far? Consider exploring the features of Yellowdig, such as your ability to embed videos and pictures, create polls and videos, use hashtags, love or like a post, and so on.

    GO TO YELLOWDIG DISCUSSION BOARD

  • Take the Quiz

    In this course, you have been introduced to new concepts related to the essential steps in designing quantitative methods for research proposal study. This multiple-choice quiz will gauge your understanding of the material presented in Week 8. The following competencies will be covered in this quiz:

    • Evaluate data collection and analysis strategies based on the characteristics of the research design.
    • Examine the appropriate application of scientific research methodology.

    Please carefully read the following instructions before beginning the quiz:

    • You must complete and submit the quiz by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Central time.
    • You may take the quiz three times. Do not open and close the quiz to return to it later, as this will end the quiz session.
    • This quiz is not timed, but once you submit the quiz, you may not go back and change any of your responses.
    • Your score is automatically recorded in the instructor’s grade book upon completion of the quiz.
    • Your score and the correct answers will be accessible to you after you have completed the quiz and your score is recorded.
    • This quiz is worth 2% of your overall grade for the course. There are 5 questions each worth 20 points for a total of 100 points possible.

    Click the linked quiz title to access the quiz. If you have any issues with the quiz, contact your instructor.

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