This Discussion assists in solidifying your understanding of statistical testing by engaging in some data analysis. This week you will work with a real, secondary dataset to construct a research question, estimate a multiple regression model, and interpret the results.
Whether in a scholarly or practitioner setting, good research and data analysis should have the benefit of peer feedback. For this Discussion, you will post your response to the hypothesis test, along with the results. Be sure and remember that the goal is to obtain constructive feedback to improve the research and its interpretation, so please view this as an opportunity to learn from one another.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review this week’s Learning Resources and media program related to multiple regression.
Create a research question using the Afrobarometer Dataset or the HS Long Survey Dataset, that can be answered by multiple regression.
By Day 3
Use SPSS to answer the research question. Post your response to the following:
If you are using the Afrobarometer Dataset, report the mean of Q1 (Age). If you are using the HS Long Survey Dataset, report the mean of X1Par1Edu.
What is your research question?
What is the null hypothesis for your question?
What research design would align with this question?
What dependent variable was used and how is it measured?
What independent variables are used and how are they measured? What is the justification for including these predictor variables?
If you found significance, what is the strength of the effect?
Explain your results for a lay audience, explain what the answer to your research question.
Be sure to support your Main Post and Response Post with reference to the week’s Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA Style.
By Day 5
Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ posts and comment on the following:
Do you think the variables are appropriately used? Why or why not?
Does the addition of the control variables make sense to you? Why or why not?
Does the analysis answer the research question? Be sure and provide constructive and helpful comments for possible improvement.
If there was a significant effect, comments on the strength and its meaningfulness.
As a lay reader, were you able to understand the results and their implications? Why or why not?
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