Operational Definitions/ Survey Design. DO NOW: This is important. Grab a “Self-Editing Check List” from stool Complete the checklist Pay attention to the directions in each box on the left
What are we trying to measure?
What is our research question?
does gender affect your fear of spiders?
: an objective description of a variable given in terms of how it is actually measured
Example: A researcher measuring happiness in college students decides to use a 10-question happiness scale to measure positive outlook in her subjects. In other words, her operational definition of happiness in this case is a given subject’s 1-10 score
Memory: the number of words correctly recalled from a list
Intelligence: IQ test
5th Operationally define our variablesRQ: Does involvement in activities (IV) affect perception (DV) of upperclassmen?Hypothesis: if freshmen are involved in any activity, it will affect perception
Involvement in activities – number of checked boxes from a list of possible activities (designated by hour/week)
Example for survey questionRQ: Do 9th graders prefer sugary cereals?Hypothesis: 9th graders prefer sugary cereals above all other cereals
On days you choose to eat cereal for breakfast, what brands of cereal do you eat?