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Pilot study statement

Instructions: This statement will help you plan and prepare for your pilot study, and the 3 to 5 page report on your study. The purpose of the pilot study is to: 1. test your proposed methods, and determine which methods would work well and which might need to be changed were you to do a larger study on your research question. (You do not need to decide on specific methods now, for the planning statement, only the general methods you think you’d like to use). 2. help you predict three findings, based on the results of the pilot study, for the “Anticipated Findings” section of your final research proposal. Your pilot study must be ethical (i.e. not include high-risk groups such as minors or inmates) and also small and realistic enough to complete in two weeks! Possibilities: 1. A few interviews (no more than four) of people from the group you would like to study. 2. An anonymous online or in-person survey of no more than 30 people representing the group you would like to study. 3. A simple, harmless experiment with small groups of people representing the target population for your study. 4. Observation or participant observation at one or two events, or at the same location several times. 5. A content analysis of two or three social or cultural artifacts related to your research question. To ensure that you have appropriate participants selected for a small, realistic, and ethical pilot study, you must select those participants or artifacts now. Find potential artifacts, or contact potential participants (or a representative of those potential participants) to ask them if they’re willing to participate in your pilot study. Be sure to let them know that this is for a class assignment, not for publication, and that you will maintain confidentiality (you might mention giving them pseudonyms) and, if possible, anonymity. Also let them know that the study will need to take place before your Pilot Study Paper is due. Set some general plans for your pilot study (which you can change later if needed). Once you have participants who agree, write a statement of approximately one to two pages. Make sure your statement includes the following information: 1. Name(s) or pseudonyms of your participants. (Here, you can provide the name of a group or location, if more relevant, instead). Or the titles of your social or cultural artifacts. 2. How you know the participants, or how you found them. Or how you found or came to know of the social or cultural artifacts. 3. Why you’ve selected these participants, or why you’ve chosen these artifacts. (How might they help you answer your research question?) 4. Why you’ve selected the method (interviewing, surveying, conducting an experiment, content analysis or observation/participant observation) you have. (How might this method help you best answer your research question, or test the theory in your theoretical foundations section? Be brief). 5. Specific plans for when and where your pilot study will take place (time, date, place), (or when and how often, for a content analysis).
Instructions: This statement will help you plan and prepare for your pilot study, and the 3 to 5 page report on your study. The purpose of the pilot study is to: 1. test your proposed methods, and determine which methods would work well and which might need to be changed were you to do a larger study on your research question.
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November 12, 2016
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November 13, 2016
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