Unit 3: Discussion- What is the GSS and How Does it Apply to Measurement
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Welcome to Unit 3. This unit covers sampling and measurement issues. You get the opportunity to examine one of the most respected instruments to measure attitudes and attitude changes of individuals in the United States – the GSS.
“For more than four decades, the General Social Survey (GSS) has studied the growing complexity of American society. It is the only full-probability, personal-interview survey designed to monitor changes in both social characteristics and attitudes currently being conducted in the United States.
The GSS gathers data on contemporary American society in order to monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes. Hundreds of trends have been tracked since 1972. In addition, since the GSS adopted questions from earlier surveys, trends can be followed for up to 80 years.
The GSS contains a standard core of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Among the topics covered are civil liberties, crime and violence, intergroup tolerance, morality, national spending priorities, psychological well-being, social mobility, and stress and traumatic events.
Altogether the GSS is the single best source for sociological and attitudinal trend data covering the United States. It allows researchers to examine the structure and functioning of society in general as well as the role played by relevant subgroups and to compare the United States to other nations.
Open the 2018 Questionnaires (the first part of the Questionnaire is a Table of Contents that lists the questions administered and the respective page for more information).
Select 2 measurements that interest you and can demonstrate how concepts are measured (do not use categorical items, e.g., SEX, ADDRESS, CITY, etc.)
In the Discussion area
PRESENT THE FOLLOWING:
GSS 2018 Ballot 1 – English Questionnaire
Present the 2 Measurements referencing the GSS name, and the prompt, the measurement Categories and the page number.
NATSPAC: Categorical (Single), p. 44
The space exploration program … are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on the space exploration program?
After presenting each set, comment about how the concept/ construct is measured. Propose an alternative way or a better way to measure this?
First post due by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday CT
Respond to two or more classmates by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, CT.
A link that brings in new information or helps the student you’re responding to
A substantial question (not, “what do you think?”)
A politely worded critique that shows either a flaw in your classmate’s logic, misunderstanding of the data, or a failure to fully answer the questions
A politely worded reply to any of the above.
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