Babbie discusses operationalization choices and offers four
research questions and ways to address them. Choose two of the questions
and discuss how the applications mentioned are good choices or how they may not
bring about the expected results.
is the development of specific research procedures that will result in
empirical observations representing those concepts in the real world (Babbie, 2013).
Range of variation
asked is,” to what extend is the research willing to combine attributes in
fairly gross categories” (Babbie, 2013
In the first
application, the research on women being more passionate than men has a good
sample since it has equal men and women participating in a manner to ensure
that the two have equal chances. However, looking closely at the setup, it may
not be possible to get the required results since all the subjects answered in
a similar manner suggesting that they would chose to help someone in trouble
since it was the right thing to do in the situation. Hence this may not have
been a good question as the answers received will not be correct. At the same
time the range of variation may not be good (Mueller,
Variation between the extremes
The question asked
is, “to what degree is the operationalization of a variable precise”
(Babbie, 2013 p.139)? Based on this, what it boils down to is how fine
you will make the
distinctions among the various possible attributes composing a given
variable. In the above case,
since both men and women answered the same way, the variation between
extremes might not be correct (Babbie, 2013).This is an answer you gave above (Can you give me an answer to the follow up question below) thank youLet’s discuss Chapter
7. Suppose you were conducting a survey comparing two groups (e.g., men
and women). How many participants would you survey for each group and why? At
what number do you feel like you’d be able to “generalize” your
Babbie, E. (2013). The practice of social research.
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