Topic: Lab Project Phase 1
Preliminary Reading: To prepare for this DB forum, please download and read the following documents, found in the Lab Project folder of the course Assignment Insructions in Blackboard:
- Lab Project DB 1 Article Excerpt, from Quarles, C. (2015, March 29). Southern Baptists must learn to ‘choose our battles wisely’. [Louisiana] Baptist Message. Retrieved from http://baptistmessage.com/southern-baptists-must-learn-to-choose-our-battles-wisely/
- You are only required to read the excerpt included in the lab project folder, but can find the entire article at the link above.
- Lab Project Survey—this document contains the actual survey you will be administering
- Step-by-step Instructions for Survey Administration
Background: Both Discussion Board assignments for this course relate directly to the Lab Project that is posted in the Course Content. This project requires you to administer a survey to at least 12 people and record the results, with an SPSS data file due at the end of Module 4. We are posing the research question, “Is there a relationship between frequency of church attendance and the level of understanding of basic Christian doctrine?”
Thread Prompt: Based on the preliminary reading above, respond to the following prompts:
- Summarize the Quarles (2015) excerpt in 2-3 sentences. Include in your summary a list of the main Christian doctrines that students are failing to grasp.
- Before you administer your surveys, it is important to establish the null and alternative hypotheses that will guide the data analysis and interpretation. Think about the research question: “Is there a relationship between frequency of church attendance and the level of understanding of basic Christian doctrine?” Based on the given research question and your reading, state a null hypothesis and an alternative hypothesis for the Lab Project. Note that you are not stating a hypothesis for the Quarles study, but for the lab project survey study that you will be conducting.Refer to Chapter 8 of your text for a review of formulating hypotheses, notably “Step 1” of the section “The Four Steps of a Hypothesis Test.”
- Based on your reading of the “Step-by-step Instructions for Survey Administration,” state which method you are using or intend to use to collect your surveys (in-person, online, etc.). Describe at least one reason why you have chosen this method, and write about one possible challenge that could arise when administering surveys with your chosen method.
- Share your thoughts: Based on your own opinion, briefly describe what you predict the results of such a study might be.