SOC200H1 Lecture Notes - Law School Admission Test, Job Satisfaction, Face Validity

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16 Feb 2011
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October 19 – conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement
Test 1
Chapter 1 to Chapter 5 (pages 35-43 in Chap 2 are not included in the test; look at new book**)
3 parts
Multiple Choice
True and Falseif false, give cor rect statement
Short Answer (general themes/discussions)
Terms and Concepts
-To generate a common agreement of terms/concepts
-The process: conceptualization
-End product: concepts
-Why do we need common definition of a concept?
oDiscussion is possible
oKnowledge can be accumulated
Characteristics of conceptualization
- Indicator
oSign of the presence or absence of the concept
oi.e. when we think about how many people passed a test, we look at how many people
scored above 50
-Dimensions
oGrouping
oConcepts are refined into different distinguishable concepts
oi.e. when thinking of minority groups, we usually think about ethnicity as a way to define;
others might disagree and think about religiosity
-specification
ooperational definition
to specify how a concept is to be measured
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Chapter 1 to chapter 5 (pages 35-43 in chap 2 are not included in the test; look at new book**) True and false if false, give correct statement. Why do we need common definition of a concept: discussion is possible, knowledge can be accumulated. Indicator: sign of the presence or absence of the concept, i. e. when we think about how many people passed a test, we look at how many people scored above 50. Range of variation (i. e. when studying property value in toronto, using proper ranges is critical. Dimension depends on how you capture the concept. Precision talking about an issue in a specific context so that it is interpreted properly. Reliability being able to obtain the same results when applying the same measurements; ensuring measurements are reliable: test-retested, split-half, using established measure using measures that have been created by established groups.

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