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Week 7: February 25, 2021

Topics
Methods: surveys
Study Design: sampling

Read for Class:

  • Erica Hall’s Stance on Surveys  (this is a medium article so its quick. There is also an embedded link at the top where you need to read it too.)
  • Expert advice from Survey Monkey
  • Skim these chapters from a book out of psychology on surveys. Truly skim. (access online through the library database. We have this as an ebook.)
    • Fowler, J., Floyd J., & Cosenza, C. (2008). Writing effective questions. In E. D. de Leeuw, J. J. Hox, & D. A. Dillman (Eds.), International handbook of survey methodology (pp. 136-160). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Manfreda, K. L., & Vehovar, V. (2008). Internet Surveys. In E. D. de Leeuw, J. J. Hox, & D. A. Dillman (Eds.), International handbook of survey methodology (pp. 265-284). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    • Schwarz, N., Knaiper, B., Oyserman, D., & Stuch, C. (2008). The psychology of asking questions. In E. D. de Leeuw, J. J. Hox, & D. A. Dillman (Eds.), International handbook of survey methodology (pp. 18-34). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Rife, Martine Courant. (2013). Invention, copyright, and digital writing. Carbondale, Il: Southern Illinois University Press. (this is a number of parts of the book. Read the methodology and the part about surveys as rhetorical.)
  • read the entries on sampling (in general and a couple of the sampling techniques) from the Sage Encyclopedia for Quatlititve Research Methods (access through the library)
Do for class:
  • Find an article or book chapter that reports on a “survey” in your area and that aligns with who you are as a teacher/scholar. Post it with a short (< 100 words) response on whether you think it was done well.
  • Bring to class several questions you have about surveys and sampling.
In class: 
  • discussions of surveys in scholarship
  • discussion of when and how to use surveys effectively
  • discussion of sampling
  • final questions on literature review assignment due next week

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