Read/review the following resources for this activity:
Textbook: Chapter 5
Link (video): Measurement Scales and Variables
Minimum of 1 library resource for initial post
How we measure something is extremely important. Many times we take how things are measured for granted such as temperature, weight or speed. Measurement becomes more difficult as we move into the social sciences because many of the things we seek to measure are abstract.
For example, in the beginning of chapter five the author talks about how we measure poverty. It would seem to be a straightforward idea but it gets complicated as you try out different methods. Should poverty be some percentage, like half of what the average person makes or should it be what it takes to pay for the things we need to live?
Initial Post Instructions
For this discussion, you should choose a hot topic and describe how it is being measured, such as the example on poverty. Then talk about other ways it might be measured. Talk about the level of measurement that is being used. Also, think about the following questions: Is there a better way to measure it, what are the consequences of using this type of measurement, what is the history and reasoning for using this method? Finally, consider the reliability and validity of the measurement.
Secondary Post Instructions
In your response see if any other student has picked a similar topic as you have. Then compare and contrast your two findings. If there are no similar posts consider how the topic was measured and discuss if it is valid and reliable.
In addition to one initial post, respond to at least two peers.
Initial Post Length: minimum of 250 words
Secondary Post Length: minimum of 200 words per post
Using APA format, incorporate appropriate in-text citation(s) referring to the academic concept with corresponding references page for the initial post.
Grading and Assessment
Meeting the minimum number of postings does not guarantee an A; you must present an in-depth discussion of high quality, integrate sources to support your assertions, and refer to peers comments in your secondary posts to build on concepts.
Course Learning Outcome(s): 1, 2, 5, 7, 8
1. Understand the language of research.
2. Evaluate the validity of how concepts are measured.
5. Develop verbal and written communication skills.
7. Critically evaluate research, being able to differentiate shoddy research from good research.
8. Be able to evaluate programming, therapies, policy, etc.
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