Questions On Writing Assignments : The Klandermans And Staggenborg Text
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Writing assignments: Below are six prompts based on the ideas presented in the Klandermans and Staggenborg text and in earlier readings in Creswell. Select three of the six prompts. Write a minimum 500-word response for each of your selections.
1. What is survey method? What kinds of survey methods are used in social movement?s research? Discuss their benefits and limitations. In the realm of social science there are a variety of measurement tools that academics use to perform social research. One of the most important tools is survey research, a measurement procedure that involves asking questions of respondents (Trochim, 2006). The importance of survey research cannot be understated, as it is estimated that in the 1980s and 1990s one…show more content… Ultimately, the data collected from research is applied to answering a research question. John W. Creswell (2007) recommends, in his book, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Traditions, that there be a single central question and several sub questions. Therefore, one of the challenges in survey research is ensuring that questionnaires and interviews yield results that somehow assist in answering the central question or related sub questions pertaining to the study. A variety of survey-related studies are provided by Klandermans and Smith (2011) that normally focus on comparison of movements, events, other social movement features, or a variety of integrated comparisons. Additionally, they acknowledge one of the major challenges in comparative research studies:
Unless we obtain measurements that both precede and follow participation or exposure to movement activities, we will not be able to determine the extent to which individuals participate because of their beliefs and the extent to which their beliefs are shaped by their participation ((Klandermans & Staggenborg, 2002, p.5)
Finally, results must be analyzed with standard statistical techniques. Klandermans and Smith (2002) accentuate the importance of multilevel analysis during the data analysis process. With respect to survey methodology, selecting the type of survey is one of the most critical decisions in many social research texts (p.25). Similarly,