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Regression

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Schedule Change

I've fixed the due date for the survey research report. It is due on W 5/26. This is the latest date possible, since it is the official end of the semester for MA programs. (The new MA commencement is that evening. Hope to see some of you there.)

Group Exercise: Means Tables

Formulate a sociological research question that you can answer with public opinion data. Select one of the datasets in the lab and find a categorical independent variable and a numeric dependent variable. Produce a means table. Discuss the results.

Group Exercise: Analyzing Data

Formulate a sociological research question that you can answer with public opinion data. Select one of the datasets in the lab and find an independent and dependent variable. Run a contingency table or a means table, as appropriate. Discuss the results.

Service Advisory

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Data Input

Bring your survey instrument to class on the 13th. We'll be using SPSS to create a data file and you'll get the most out of the demonstration if you begin working on your own survey.

Professional Diction

What are the characteristics of scholarly diction?

Diction refers to the kinds of words and expressions you choose to use in your communication. The choice is usually based on context, and we all have the ability to express what we mean using a different diction (colloquial, formal, intimate, etc.) depending on the situation and audience.

Group Exercise: The Cover Letter

Recall that for a successful survey, the researcher must create intentional engagement in the respondents. This is accomplished by the cover letter introducing the study (and inviting participation) and the instructions of the survey itself, in addition to the craft of the questions.

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