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The Essence of a Rabbit. Operationalization Dr. Paul Krueger. Purpose. Demonstrates how we operationalize from concept to variable to measure. Exhibits the 4 measurement scales. Imagery: You will be asked to picture in your mind the measurement process. Operationalization.

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The Essence of a Rabbit

Operationalization

Dr. Paul Krueger


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Purpose

  • Demonstrates how we operationalize from concept to variable to measure.

  • Exhibits the 4 measurement scales.

  • Imagery: You will be asked to picture in your mind the measurement process.



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Conceptual Definition

  • Essence:

  • The qualities of a thing that give it an identity (author, date, page).



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Operationalize Gender

  • Variable definition:

  • Two mutually exclusive categories of either male or female (author, date, page).


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Measurement Procedure

  • Observation:

  • Inspect the phenotypic differences and record into one of two categories.


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Imagery

  • Picture a rabbit being examined for gender.



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Operationalize Sociable

  • Variable definition:

  • The quality of being pleasant, friendly or affable (author, date, page).


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Measurement Procedure

  • Survey of humans exposed to rabbits on a 5-point Likert scale measuring perceived friendliness.


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Survey Questionnaire

  • On a 1 to 5 scale rank what you perceive to be the friendliness of rabbits:

    Low Medium High

    1----------2----------3----------4----------5


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Imagery

  • Picture a survey questionnaire being administered to a group of subjects that asks questions about rabbit friendliness.



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Operationalize Temperature

  • Variable definition:

  • The degree of hotness or coldness of a body as measured in Fahrenheit degrees (author, date, page).


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Measurement Procedure

  • 12 millimeter rectal insertion of a Sentinel Model # SO200 Fahrenheit thermometer for one minute per subject. FDA/GLP sanitary procedures to be followed between subject administrations.


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Imagery

  • Picture a thermometer being placed in a rabbit and held there for one minute before recording the temperature.



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Operationalize Weight

  • Variable definition:

  • The measure of heaviness in ounces (author, date, page).


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Measurement Procedure

  • Each subject will be weighed on a Bradshaw Model #33110 mechanical scale incremented in ounces.


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Imagery

  • Picture a rabbit being placed on a scale and the weight being recorded.


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Propose Qualitative Methods?

  • There have been 4 quantitative definitions and measures.

  • Can we propose qualitative measures for the essence of a rabbit?



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Sensitizing Category: Softness

  • Variable definition:

  • The physical characteristic of being smooth to the touch (author, date, page).


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Measurement Procedure

  • An expert panel will be convened to conduct a blind tactile observation of the texture of rabbit fur. Based upon a comparison with other textures, they will confer and attempt to reach a consensus as to the relative softness of the rabbit.


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Imagery

  • Picture blindfolded experts taking turns touching the rabbit fur. Once all experts have done this, they remove their blindfolds, get together and arrive by a group consensus as to the texture of the fur.


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Other Qualitative Approaches to Data Collection?

  • Concept: Essence

  • Variable: ________________ ?

  • Measure: ________________ ?

  • Instrument: _______________ ?


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A Rabbit Conclusion

(Discussion)


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