Research Problems Associated With Using Primary Research Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Research Problems With Primary Research Worksheet to test your knowledge of problems you may encounter while conducting primary research. By completing 10 exercises that ask you to evaluate a statement on a true-false basis, you strengthen your ability to know where potential problems lie in the process of incorporating this type of research in your research writing.
Essay Writing in the Social Sciences

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, determine whether each statement is true or false, and explain your answer.

  • True or false: You can generalize the results of a survey to assume it applies to all similar groups of people all the time. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: It is okay to let participants know what answers you expect by asking questions that make it clear what you expect as answers. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: A relationship between two things means that one causes the other. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Participants never intentionally answer survey or interview questions with silly or inaccurate responses. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: All data you obtain from conducting primary research is valid. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: If you are researching how student parking affects traffic congestion, you do not need to focus on the parking habits of faculty and staff. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: People always answer surveys and interview questions truthfully. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: When taking notes for an observation, you should always include your subjective observations as part of your research results. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Regardless of the quality of data you obtain through primary research, you should never omit even a single piece of data. Explain your answer.

  • True or false: Since you are only doing primary research for an academic research paper for a grade, you do not need to worry about common research problems. Explain your answer.