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Measurement Activity
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Davis, Shannon. 2011. “Measurement Activity”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, May. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


The purpose of this assignment is to provide experience in applying two critical concepts connecting sociological theory and research: conceptualization and operationalization. This assignment provides students with experience applying measurement techniques to their specific conceptualization of a difficult concept (love). They must construct their own...

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Subject Area(s):
Research Methods
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Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Usage Notes

Distribute the assignment when beginning the course section on conceptualization and note to students that many of the terms will be defined in subsequent class periods (although they are welcome to read ahead). Part I is typically due three weeks after distributed. At least one 75-minute class period during that three week window is devoted to students...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will be able to construct a nominal definition, a fully formed operational definition, and argue correctly for validity and reliability of their operational definition.
  2. Students will be able to constructively critique another student’s assignment based upon their knowledge of conceptualization, operationalization, validity, and reliability.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. The rubrics provide specific guidance on how to meet the learning goals and detail the specific criteria upon which the two parts of the assignment would be assessed.
  2. As showing personal aptitude in conceptualization and operationalization and aptitude in assessing others’ appropriate use of these ideas are equally necessary skills, each part of the assignment is equally weighted as 50% of the total assignment grade.

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