Class Notes (837,435)
Canada (510,273)
POL2156 (26)
Lecture 4

Lecture 4 - Concept Variables
Premium

2 Pages
52 Views
Unlock Document

Department
Political Science
Course
POL2156
Professor
Stephanie Mullen
Semester
Fall

Description
Oct. 2, 2013 OBJECTIVES  Defining Political Concepts  Where do Definitions comes from?  Why does a Clear Definition matter? Step 3: Provide clear definitions… From Concepts to Variables  Our conceptual definitions need to be clear  Important to have consistent understandings between researchers of the concepts under study (this doesn’t happen all the time, so be aware of it!!)  Even what may appear to be self-evident concepts (voting) may not be as conceptually clear to others.  In order to make generalizations about the concepts, it is important that the variables are an accurate reflection of the concepts. Variables to Indicators OBJECTIVES  Understand how we move from variables to indicators (from definitions to survey question – step 3 to 4)  Levels of measure (3 different groups for writing survey questions) Step 4: Operationalize the concepts [indicators] Variables to Indicators  Take your variables that are testable and find questions on the survey that are appropriate to measure the variables  Most of the time there will be several indicators but for your project there should be one indicator/question on the survey for each variable  If you are doing a survey or interview for a project you will state that your indicator is Question 6 “How do you feel about the current fun control legislation” to represent the variable support for gun control legislation. Level of Measurement (NOIR)  NOTE: Depending on the text/prof/boss, these definitions can fluctuate
More Less

Related notes for POL2156

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit