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1) Creating an actual survey that is effective for gathering the correct data can take a long time. What are some of the key things that need to be considered as you create one?
2) The data she used to base her conclusion is inconclusive, because what the student analyzed is working mothers outside of the home. The survey did not include working mothers inside of the home. The percentage although high (83%), is the results of a survey based on mothers working outside of the home. In order for the statistical evidence to be true, the same survey would have to be given to the working mothers inside the home.
3) Something that is very important when conducting a study such as this, is in the individuals that have been selected to take the survey. The statistics say that 83% of MOTHERS employeed outside the home would rather be home raising their children. This says to me that only working mothers were surveyd. Therfore, to say that this particular statistical analyses proves that most women would rather be at home would be taking the results of the study out of context. In order to state that most women would rather be home would mean that the individuals being surveyed need to not only be mothers but also women who are not mothers. Then if the outcome were 83% of women employeed outside the home, then the statement about most women wanting to be home would be more acurate. There may also be other factors that need to be considered for her survey. One that comes to mind for me is do any of these mothers work in a location where they may have their child with them. For instance a mother who works in a daycare center that her child attends may be more inclined to say that it does not matter if they are at home or work outside their home because they are with their child. While a mother who works at a daycare center but whos child does not attend that same daycare would be more inclined to say that they would rather be at home. Everything is relative to each individuals situation. According to our textbook Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences “Mark Twain: There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. His statement identified that statistics can be deceiving—and so can interpreting them.” (Privitera, n.d.) It is very easy for someone to look at the statistics from an experiment or survey and interpret them different then what they truly are.
4) What career are you pursuing/doing? How is statistics important in your field? Make sure to be as specific as possible.
5) I think statistics is important because psychologist have to know how many people have certain behaviors, or how many times a person does this or that. Statistics are a way to gather information so it can be interpreted into needed data to decide certain factors that they are researching.”Statistics is commonly applied to evaluate scientific observations. Scientific observations are all around you. Statistics is a branch of mathematics used to summarize, analyze, and interpret what we observe—to make sense or meaning of our observations.” (Privitera, G., 2018).
6) Since statistics generally ask the question to why something occurs, this does provide an opportunity for the observant to conduct research and evaluate findings. This in turn helps to measure behavior towards the various reasons something occurs (Privitera, 2018). Since psychological research is a basis of experimental research this helps psychologists diagnose disorders faster while determining what works better in the treatment of their patients. Statistics are essential for determining if certain treatments are effective while helping to determine the causes. From previous classes it was mentioned quantitative and qualitative methods will continue their dominance in psychological research (Howard,2019). Still, what is the correlation between two variables? This is the question often asked and observed, for instance how much better is the subject after receiving a type of treatment in psychotherapy? In my opinion it is somewhat natural to compare what works for what is not working, I would have to say we are in comparing data on a subconscious level without realizing it. Applying a form of inferential data to help determine a cause. As noted in the lecture psychology is a continual investigation of observation, defining a problem, hypothesis, gathering evidence, testing and documenting results which forms a theory (Lecture Note, PSY 380).Honestly before starting this class I would have to say I opposed the idea of statistics, now I see we use statistics daily in everyday living without realizing it.