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Sociology Research Methods: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Dr. Patel does an experiment in which she shows people either a happy movie, a sad movie, or no movie in a classroom. Then, she asks them to fill out a survey assessing their feelings about whether they want to adopt a pet from the animal shelter. In this experiment, what is the INDEPENDENT variable?

Question 2 2. Which of these is the main focus of critical sociology?

Question 3 3. Ms. Olsen decides to study differences in her classroom between children who have an identified learning disability and children who do not. Which type of research design is Ms. Olsen using?

Question 4 4. Conducting ethnographic research often involves _____.

Question 5 5. Dr. Nodd does a study in which she observes parents and their children interacting at home. She finds that the more supportive parents are, the less aggressive their children are. What conclusion can Dr. Nodd make?

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Question 6 6. _____ is based on data that cannot be measured or counted but can be collected and interpreted through observation.

Question 7 7. Which one of the following coefficients indicates the strongest relationship between two variables while remaining within the possible range of correct calculations?

Question 8 8. Miss Tanaka wants to know how parenting style affects children's personalities. To complete her study, she observes children in their own homes, doing what they would naturally be doing anyway. Which type of research design is Miss Tanaka using?

Question 9 9. Mr. Freeman randomly gives half of the children in his class an extra dessert over the lunch hour; the other half gets no dessert. After lunch, he tests the children's levels of resentment toward each other. Which type of research design is Mr. Freeman using?

Question 10 10. Which of the following is a disadvantage of quantitative research?

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Question 11 11. All of the following are ethical concerns when conducting an ethnographic study, EXCEPT:

Question 12 12. Which of the following is true of qualitative research?

Question 13 13. Ethnography should be used when a researcher is _____.

Question 14 14. Imagine you are looking at a graph that shows a correlational line moving from the bottom left corner of the graph to the upper right corner. Which correlation coefficient below would best represent the pattern of data while remaining within the possible range of correct calculations?

Question 15 15. The U.S. Census is an example of _____.

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Question 16 16. Dr. Marion wants to conduct an experiment that involves the distribution of a questionnaire. She has only enough copies for half of the students. She decides who will participate by pulling names out of a hat and choosing ten students from each of the four grades in the school. What constitutes the sample in this experiment?

Question 17 17. Dr. Patel does an experiment in which she shows people either a happy movie, a sad movie, or no movie in a classroom. Then, she asks them to fill out a survey assessing their feelings about whether they want to adopt a pet from the animal shelter. In this experiment, what is the DEPENDENT variable?

Question 18 18. A researcher wants to make observations and conduct interviews with patients on a particular floor of a local hospital. What type of access would the researcher need?

Question 19 19. Which one of the following coefficients indicates that the two variables of interest move in opposite directions while remaining within the possible range of correct calculations?

Question 20 20. Dr. Patel does an experiment in which she shows people either a happy movie, a sad movie, or no movie in a classroom. Then, she asks them to fill out a survey assessing their feelings about whether they want to adopt a pet from the animal shelter. In this experiment, what was the control group?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following statements is true about interpretivist sociologists?

Question 22 22. A school principal wants to conduct an experiment that involves the distribution of a questionnaire. She has only enough copies for half of the students. She decides who will participate by pulling names out of a hat and choosing ten students from each of the four grades in the school. What constitutes the population of this experiment?

Question 23 23. If a research study is so specific and strange that it does not have any real world application, we can say that the study has a low level of _____.

Question 24 24. Which primary theoretical perspective in sociological research relies the most upon empirical evidence and the scientific method?

Question 25 25. A group of researchers want to make sure that any results they find in a particular group of participants would also be true for other people, in other places, in studies with other researchers. If a study can do this, we can say that the study has a high level of _____.

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Question 26 26. The measure or assessment of consistency of scores across time or different contexts is called _____.

Question 27 27. A research study where the cause-effect conclusions are accurate, and there are no other possible explanations for the results, has a high level of _____ validity.

Question 28 28. Dr. Goldberg does a study in which he observes Jerome, a child who has been identified as having a rare disorder. Jerome is the only subject in the study. Which type of research design is Dr. Goldberg using?

Question 29 29. Dr. Yang does a study in which she observes one hundred children over a period of six years, noting changes over time. Which type of research design is Dr. Yang using?

Question 30 30. A researcher performed a study in which she concluded that children who have parents who read to them at home have better reading skills at school. However, she only included children in the top reading level at school, and no children who have trouble reading. Because she only included one group, and not all groups of children, her study probably has a low level of _____.

Sociology Research Methods: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans Chapter Exam Instructions

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