Explain, compare and contrast the purpose and focus of the “conceptual framework” and the “theoretical framework” in the literature section of a social science research manuscript.
Instructions: Your written comprehensive exam is a series of exam questions regarding the core courses in our program. Answer each of the questions as completely and accurately as possible. However, you are encouraged to use any scholarly resources that are needed – journal articles, textbooks, professional experts, etc. – but you must properly cite each reference that you use and add a reference page for each exam question. You have two (2) weeks from receipt of this document to return your answers to me. Your responses should be type-written (word processor), complete and scholarly. Think of each as a “mini-term paper,” meaning that one-page answers likely will be deemed to be inadequate. Begin each answer with the original question that you are addressing.
1. Research Methods
Assume you were conducting a study among college students at the U of A and wanted to know
- their preference for coffee – served traditionally hot vs. iced coffee,
- is there a difference in coffee preference by gender, and
- by where they grew up (small town-rural vs. big city.)
Outline a study to answer this question that would allow you to generalize to the general student population. Do not limit your answer to the following but you should include such components as:
a. The problem
b. The rationale for the study
c. Research questions or hypotheses (as appropriate for your chosen research design)
d. Research design described
e. Participant selection
f. Data collection instrument
g. Analysis plans
2. Interpreting Social Data in Agriculture / Statistics
Select one question.
3. Technical Communications / Writing
4. History and Philosophy of Agricultural and Extension Education
Describe the socio-cultural and the agricultural-industrial contexts which existed during the passage of the Land-Grant College Acts of 1862 and 1890, and the Hatch Act of 1887. Discuss how these contexts have changed. What should be the role of the Land-Grant College today?
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