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BTM8106Week5|CompleteSolution
BTM8106Week5|CompleteSolution
Week5
QuasiExperimentalDesigns
PartIAnswerthefollowingquestions:
1.Jackson(2012),evennumberedchapterexercises,p360.
2.Describetheadvantagesanddisadvantagesofquasiexperiments?Whatisthefundamental
weaknessofaquasiexperimentaldesign?Whyisitaweakness?Doesitsweaknessalways
matter?
3.Ifyourandomlyassignparticipantstogroups,canyouassumethegroupsareequivalentat
thebeginningofthestudy?Attheend?Whyorwhynot?Ifyoucannotassumeequivalenceat
eitherend,whatcanyoudo?Pleaseexplain.
4.Explainandgiveexamplesofhowtheparticularoutcomesofastudycansuggestifa
particularthreatislikelytohavebeenpresent.
5.Describeeachofthefollowingtypesofdesigns,explainitslogic,andwhythedesigndoesor
doesnotaddresstheselectionthreatsdiscussedinChapter7ofTrochimandDonnelly(2006):
a.Nonequivalentcontrolgrouppretestonly
b.Nonequivalentcontrolgrouppretest/posttest
c.Crosssectional
d.RegressionDiscontinuity
6.Whyarequasiexperimentaldesignsusedmoreoftenthanexperimentaldesigns?
7.Oneconclusionyoumightreach(hint)aftercompletingthereadingsforthisassignmentisthat
therearenobaddesigns,onlybaddesignchoices(andimplementations).Statearesearchquestion
forwhichasinglegroupposttestonlydesigncanyieldrelativelyunambiguousfindings.
PartIIAnswerthefollowingquestions:
1.Whatresearchquestion(s)doesthestudyaddress?
2.WhatisGoldbergsrationaleforthestudy?Wasthestudydesignedtocontributetotheory?Do
theresultsofthestudycontributetotheory?Forbothquestions:Ifso,how?Ifnot,whynot?
3.Whatconstructsdoesthestudyaddress?Howaretheyoperationalized?
4.Whataretheindependentanddependentvariablesinthestudy?
5.Namethetypeofdesigntheresearchersused.
6.Whatinternalandexternalvaliditythreatsdidtheresearchersaddressintheirdesign?Howdid
theyaddressthem?Aretherethreatstheydidnotaddress?Ifsohowdoesthefailuretoaddress
thethreatsaffecttheresearchersinterpretationsoftheirfindings?AreGoldbergsconclusions
convincing?Whyorwhynot?
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