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Social Research Methods, Fourth Canadian Edition: Chapter 18

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Question 1:


a) remain focused on the large task ahead
b) save the data and sit down to write at least once a month
c) write a little every day
d) have routine debriefing sessions with participants to address their concerns

Question 2:


a) good research questions
b) the participants
c) the supervisor’s preferences
d) both B and C

Question 3:


a) intellectual puzzles or contradictions
b) the existing literature
c) new social developments and trends
d) a social problem that has been extensively addressed in the literature

Question 4:


a) should not be relied on too heavily as the project will become theirs
b) should be consulted earlier rather than later
c) should only be approached when a problem is identified
d) will likely become overly critical of the method

Question 5:


a) limiting how much you rely on technology
b) maintaining an abstract position
c) having conclusions in mind early in the project
d) establishing a reasonable timetable for completion

Question 6:


a) decide on interview process, run a pilot study, develop questions
b) pilot study to test the questions, review questions and assess face validity, revise questions
c) develop questions, decide on population, run a pilot study
d) decide on the method od survey administration, develop questions, assess face validity of questions

Question 7:


a) existing theories
b) its applicability to SPSS
c) future research
d) the discipline as whole to which the project belongs

Question 8:


a) is a subset of the Sociological Abstracts database
b) looks forward to subsequent articles that cite an original publication
c) is another name for the Canadian Periodical Index
d) does not release author information because it is bound by confidentiality and copyright laws

Question 9:


a) occurs when the researcher has identified more than 30 related academic references
b) indicates that the researcher must look in a new reference location
c) occurs when the same items keep appearing is a literature search
d) refers to unanswered questions in the research project

Question 10:


a) reviewing and changing survey questions
b) altering the research questions
c) reviewing existing literature
d) reinterpreting the collected data

Question 11:


a) what is already known on the topic
b) what the research questions should be
c) relevant concepts and theories
d) appropriate research methods

Question 12:


a) who needs to be studied to answer the research questions
b) the specific interview
c) availability of a sampling frame
d) what sampling method to use: probability, quota, theoretical, convenience sampling

Question 13:


a) descriptive, uncritical, and extensive
b) critical, selective, and demonstrate the importance of your research question
c) short, selective, and to the point
d) short, current, and uncritical

Question 14:


a) look like a work that is independent of other literature
b) show how previous literature is wrong
c) simply state new arguments that are unconnected
d) tell a story and convey relevance and significance of research

Question 15:


a) is the most impactful error in a literature review
b) includes showing incompleteness or inadequacy of prior literature
c) identifies the methodological errors in the current research project
d) is of no real consequence

Question 16:


a) True
b) False

Question 17:


a) True
b) False

Question 18:


a) True
b) False

Question 19:


a) True
b) False

Question 20:


a) True
b) False

Question 21:


a) True
b) False

Question 22:


a) True
b) False

Question 23:


a) True
b) False

Question 24:


a) True
b) False

Question 25:


a) True
b) False

Question 26:


a) True
b) False

Question 27:


a) True
b) False

Question 28:


a) True
b) False

Question 29:


a) True
b) False

Question 30:


a) True
b) False