As this is an analysis, simply answer each part of the question under the parts a), b), c) etc. to save on your word limit. If any of the questions below are not applicable to the study reported in your selected article, explain why.
Selected article (I have a PDF copy of the article to upload):
Kesha Morant Williams,
Buddy: Focus Group Research on the Perceived Influence of Messages in Urban Music on the Health Beliefs and Behaviors of African American Undergraduate Females.
Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State University�Berks, PA Published online: 01 Nov 2012.
Using the selected article, answer the following:
a) Identify the rationale given by the author for doing this study. (Generally given early in the article.)
b) What is/are the research question/s or hypothesis/es used in this study? (List a maximum of two.)
c) Name the epistemology/ies used in the study? (eg. Objectivism, constructionism or subjectivism). Why do you think so?
d) Name the research paradigm/s used in the study (e.g. Positivism, systems theory, interpretivism, critical theory or functionalism). Explain why this study falls under that/those paradigm/s.
e) What is/are the covering law/s used in the study?
f) What specific research / data collection method/s (eg. Interviews, field studies, surveys, focus groups, content analysis, case studies etc.), has/have been used in the study?
g) Has this study used multiple methods of data collection? If so, what are they? If not, what other methods of data collection could have been used in addition to the one/s used in the study and why? What would be their uses and advantages?
h) What other research paradigm/s could have been used to study the same phenomenon and why?
i) Is this study deductive or inductive? Explain why you think so.
j) What are the variables of this study? Which of them is/are independent and dependent? (List at least one of each.)
k) How are the variables operationalised? (What are the operational definitions used?) (list at least one.)
l) What is the unit of analysis of this study?
m) What was/were the sample size/s?
n) What kind of sampling method/s had been used? (e.g. random, convenience etc.)
o) What kind/s of measurement/s was/were involved? (e.g. Nominal, ordinal, interval or ratio and name the relevant variable/s as applicable.)
p) What are the findings and conclusions of this study?
q) What is the heuristic value of the study?
r) What alternative explanations can you suggest for these findings and conclusions?
s) Find five items of scholarly literature related to the same topic area as your selected article. Provide a short summary of these five studies and their findings and conclusions, as a collective, somewhat similar to a short literature review. Indicate your sources of reference within the body of this summary according to the Harvard system of referencing (Author, year). List the five readings in alphabetical order by first author�s last name according to the Harvard System of referencing, in the reference list for the essay at the end. Indicate these five articles in the reference list using asterisks (*).
t) What would have been the ethical issues involved with this study? What precautions should have been required to protect the subjects?
Answer each part of the above question under each heading as a), b), c) etc. as a separate paragraph or section. Within each paragraph/section, answer the question according to the Harvard system of referencing, providing the sources of your information wherever relevant. The reference list at the end of the essay should include all sources cited within the body of the essay.
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