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Khan & Fisher Ch. 2, Eszter Hargittai’s study of internet skills/usage among college students
Define operationalization, and explain why operationalization is such an important element of study design to consider when assessing the results of a study you’re reading. How did Eszter Hargittai operationalize socioeconomic status in her study, and why might that be a better measure than simply asking students for their income or their family’s income?
Khan & Fisher Ch. 5, Fisher’s Activism, Inc.
What is an IRB, and why is obtaining IRB approval important for research involving human subjects? In the specific case of Fisher’s study, why did IRB approval turn out to be a savior rather than just a bureaucratic hassle – i.e. what inappropriate requests did IRB requirements allow her to turn down?
Khan & Fisher Ch. 4, Shamus Khan’s study of an elite boarding school
Khan informed all his subjects of his status as a researcher. Do you think this caused reactive effects among his subjects? In answering this question, be sure you define “reactive effects” and explain why Khan calls informed consent a “process” rather than an “event.”
Khan & Fisher Ch. 8, Brown & Ferree’s work on pronatalist messages in British media
Jessica Brown describes her study as having a “largely inductive research design.” Define inductive and deductive research and give two examples of how Brown & Ferree’s study evolved in an inductive manner.