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1) State a research question (i.e., does living in a single parent household increase crime?)- do not use my example, one close to it or what we use in class . This research question should be very specific and should be directional (note that mine asks if it increases crime, not if it just changes it). You want to make sure that you have a clear Independent Variable (IV) and Dependent Variable (DV) and that they are both measurable. Do yourself a favor and do not make this overly complicated.
2) State a hypothesis to your research question (i.e., I hypothesize that children who grew up in only a mother’s care will have higher rates of crime)
3) Write a 200 word minimum (add the word count to the end of the paragraph) on how you are defining and measuring your IV and DV. Be explicit here
Defining and measuring are two different things, stick to the topic.
4) Develop 10 multiple choice survey questions (and the corresponding answers to each question) that will begin to determine if your research hypothesis correct. For example, for the above hypothesis, you might ask in one question who they live with (give them the list of answers and be exhaustive) and in another question ask about crime. You must make sure you are covering both the IV and DV in your questions, otherwise you can’t prove your hypothesis. Follow ALL survey question details in your corresponding chapter in your text (remember skip patterns- but, don’t do a full survey of skips-, no double barrels, exhaustive, but be mutually exclusive, etc.). This should look like a real typed survey you would take in school or elsewhere, but it corresponds to your chosen research topic from ques 1 & 2. Make sure all of your survey questions relate to your topic
5) In 150 words (again, include word count), describe the sample which would receive your survey. This should be linked to your research hypothesis