Week 9 Assignment
You have been asked to conduct a quantitative study on the potential correlation (link) between studying time and GPA.
Being that you are new to the research field, you need to understand the basic elements of quantitative research.
In 500-600 words, research and examine the key elements involved in conducting quantitative research. As you discuss the key elements, also examine the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research.
In this work, you must use your text as a source. You must also use an additional two scholarly sources. This assignment must also be in APA format.
Things to keep in mind when reporting the results of a study using quantitative methods:
- Explain the data collected and their statistical treatment as well as all relevant results in relation to the research problem you are investigating. Interpretation of results is not appropriate in this section.
- Report unanticipated events that occurred during your data collection. Explain how the actual analysis differs from the planned analysis. Explain your handling of missing data and why any missing data does not undermine the validity of your analysis.
- Explain the techniques you used to “clean” your data set.
- Choose a minimally sufficient statistical procedure; provide a rationale for its use and a reference for it. Specify any computer programs used.
- Describe the assumptions for each procedure and the steps you took to ensure that they were not violated.
- When using inferential statistics, provide the descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, and sample sizes for each variable as well as the value of the test statistic, its direction, the degrees of freedom, and the significance level [report the actual p value].
- Avoid inferring causality, particularly in nonrandomized designs or without further experimentation.
- Use tables to provide exact values; use figures to convey global effects. Keep figures small in size; include graphic representations of confidence intervals whenever possible.
- Always tell the reader what to look for in tables and figures.