Week 15 Blog, Research Proposal Summary

My research proposal for the semester was on the topic of pornography use and rape myth acceptance. Pornography use is very widespread among college students (the largest of any age group for pornography use). Almost 90% of college men and more than 30% of college women use pornography. Roughly half of those that use pornography … Continue reading Week 15 Blog, Research Proposal Summary

Week 6 Sampling Blog

Sampling is a  very, very important part of research. I know that it’s a cliche phrase to start a blog or other piece of coursework, but it really is extremely important. It’s up there with things like the basic tenets of the scientific method, peer review, or ethical considerations. The method of sampling is something … Continue reading Week 6 Sampling Blog

Quantitative Data Analysis

Causality and relationship between variables are surprisingly poorly understood concepts in laypeople’s understanding of science and data analysis. It is particularly surprising because of how much of our educational lives are spent having the scientific method and its application drilled into our memories over and over again. Even some college students in science majors continue … Continue reading Quantitative Data Analysis

Quantitative Data Analysis

Causality and relationship between variables are surprisingly poorly understood concepts in laypeople’s understanding of science and data analysis. It is particularly surprising because of how much of our educational lives are spent having the scientific method and its application drilled into our memories over and over again. Even some college students in science majors continue … Continue reading Quantitative Data Analysis

Evaluation Research

Evaluation research is somewhat unique in that instead of being a specific way of conducting research, it is only a subgroup of research in that it is conducted for a specific purpose. Evaluation research, whether a survey, focus group, or natural observation, is always conducted for the purpose of evaluating social interventions. By evaluating social … Continue reading Evaluation Research

Week 10 Blog

This week’s topic is analysis of existing statistics and secondary data analysis. Before delving into these topics, we first need to define them. Secondary data analysis is often loosely used to cover both topics. However, technically speaking, secondary data analysis only applies to work done with raw data that has already been collected. Analysis of … Continue reading Week 10 Blog

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