Assignment 3: Tracking a Communication variable: Observing and Reporting (QUAL) exercise 1. Use the variable selected in assignment 2. 2. Review the how the variable has been studied in the past and ask: Have any studies observed its natural occurrence, that is, has any study examined the variable in the everyday lived experiences of people? Have any studies examined what the variable means to people (e.g., its personal importance, significance in their lives)? Has any study traced the development of the variable over the lifespan (e.g., its beginnings, changes over the lifespan, qualities during a particular lifespan stage)? 3. Select ONE aspect of the variable that has yet to be studied (e.g., its personal meaning to emerging adults). 4. Recruit ONE person in the age range of 18-50 and ONE person on the age range 51-100. 5. Conduct ONE interview about this aspect of the variable with each. Your goal of the interview is to learn about this quality of the variable (it is also OK to simply want to learn more about the variable itself) for these two people. 6. This is a classroom exercise and not a formal research study. IF it were a formal research study you would need it reviewed by the IRB before conducting the study. The purpose of the assignment is to practice some basic interviewing and interviewing analysis skills 7. Record the interview. 8. Then type of what each person says. 9. Write a paper your you use the six questions to summarize the study: a. What was studied? Use the past literature from assignment 2. b. Who was studied? c. How were data collected? d. How were data analyzed? e. What conclusions can be made? f. If this were a “real” study, how and to whom will might results/conclusions be reported? 10. Follow APA Style in writing up the paper. Maximum length is 10 pages (not including references). I’ve attached my annotated bibliography from my last assignment.
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