Research Methods

Section Quiz

Which materials are considered secondary data?

  1. Photos and letters given to you by another person
  2. Books and articles written by other authors about their studies
  3. Information that you have gathered and now have included in your results
  4. Responses from participants whom you both surveyed and interviewed

Hint:

B

What method did researchers John Mihelich and John Papineau use to study Parrotheads?

  1. Survey
  2. Experiment
  3. Web Ethnography
  4. Case study

Hint:

C

Why is choosing a random sample an effective way to select participants?

  1. Participants do not know they are part of a study
  2. The researcher has no control over who is in the study
  3. It is larger than an ordinary sample
  4. Everyone has the same chance of being part of the study

Hint:

D

What research method did John S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd mainly use in their Middletown study?

  1. Secondary data
  2. Survey
  3. Participant observation
  4. Experiment

Hint:

C

Which research approach is best suited to the scientific method?

  1. Questionnaire
  2. Case study
  3. Ethnography
  4. Secondary data analysis

Hint:

A

The main difference between ethnography and other types of participant observation is:

  1. ethnography isn’t based on hypothesis testing
  2. ethnography subjects are unaware they’re being studied
  3. ethnographic studies always involve minority ethnic groups
  4. ethnography focuses on how subjects view themselves in relationship to the community

Hint:

A

Which best describes the results of a case study?

  1. It produces more reliable results than other methods because of its depth
  2. Its results are not generally applicable
  3. It relies solely on secondary data analysis
  4. All of the above

Hint:

B

Using secondary data is considered an unobtrusive or ________ research method.

  1. nonreactive
  2. nonparticipatory
  3. nonrestrictive
  4. nonconfrontive

Hint:

A