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Comm 493i - SPTP:Diffusion of Innovations
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Study Report 25 points Several weeks this semester a research study is assigned as part of your readings The purpose of assigning these studies is to a get you more familiar and comfortable reading and translating research studies so you get better at it and b to help you see how the topics we cover in class can be examined using research This semester you need to select 3 of the assigned studies and fill out the following research report about them Eligible studies are marked with a in the schedule of readings on the syllabus To complete the report answer the questions below in bold font the comments that aren t in bold font are just some things to help you tackle the question but you can ignore them if you want Your answers should be typed and double spaced You can answer them on this sheet or you can cut and paste the questions and answer them on a different sheet if you want You don t need to write a novel about the study Your answer to each question will probably be a few sentences Furthermore you should write as plainly and clearly as you can leave out the fancy punctuation and unnecessarily big words The point of this assignment is to convince me Dr Cohen that you understand the gist of what you are reading and can explain it in simple terms to someone else Your study reports are due at the beginning of class on which the reading assigned reading is going to be discussed Reports for studies that have already been discussed in class will not be accepted To increase the odds of you contributing to discussion you are also required to be in attendance on the day that you submit your study report Name Zach Hardman Date 11 11 14 Study Report Questions 1 What is the title of the study you are reporting on and who are the authors 2pt Title We are the Tea Party The Use of Facebook as an Online Political Forum For the Construction and Maintenance of In Group Identification during the GOTV Weekend Authors David T Morin Mark A Flynn 2 In your own words nothing fancy explain why the researchers wanted to conduct this study 5pts Examine the literature review to answer this question Questions that might help guide your answer Why did this study need to be done What were the researchers hoping to learn understand better or demonstrate What is the justification for doing this research This study needed to be done because scholars have not examined the political discourse on social networking sites such as Facebook Few researchers had attempted to understand how political partisans are used in social networking sites to strengthen a party s identity As a result Morin and Flynn decided to focus their study on the Tea Party and how they used Facebook to construct and maintain an identity during the Get Out and Vote weekend 3 In your own words nothing too fancy explain what the researchers expected to find with their study OR if there were no predictions what was the main question they were asking 3pts Researchers Morin and Flynn asked two main questions in this study 1 Do individuals who embrace the Tea Party attempt to build a unified social identity when communicating on social networking sites 2 Do individuals who embrace the Tea Party use polarization strategies during the process of identity formation on SNSs and if so what types 4 In your own words nothing too fancy explain what the researchers did to test their predictions or to answer their research questions 5pts Examine the procedure or method section to answer this question Some questions that might help guide your answer Who participated in the study and how did they find those people What method did they use survey interview experiment content analysis etc But don t simply list a word for the methodology explain how the researchers did it In other words briefly explain what the procedure was for figuring out the answer to their questions Morin and Flynn s data was collected from the official senatorial Facebook pages of three Tea Party Candidates Christine O Donnell of Delaware Sharron Angle of Nevada and Ken Buck of Colorado They chose these candidates because they were well known and financed in competitive race of campaigns against Democratic candidates The candidates official Facebook s were chosen because they updated their status and were more active in the page as apposed to the actual Tea Party Facebook page 5 In your own words nothing too fancy explain the researchers main findings 5pts Examine the result section you don t have to understand the numbers and or the discussion section to answer this question Some questions that might help guide your answer Did they support their predictions or answer their questions How did they interpret their results Overall give a summary about what can we conclude from this study Attacking Theme As stated before the researchers categorized the study into comments in an attacking manner and an encouragement manner The attacking theme was categorized into attacking the opponent republicans Obama and the media 6 In your own words nothing too fancy explain why this study is significant or important 5pts Examine the discussion or relate the findings back to other readings and conversations wer are having in class Some questions that might help guide your answer Who participated in the study and how did they find those people What method did they use survey interview experiment content analysis etc But don t simply list a word for the methodology explain how the researchers did it In other words briefly explain what the procedure was for figuring out the answer to their questions


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