November 2009 Archives

Progress

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It seems like every time I re-read portions of my paper I keep wanting to change things. Which I suppose is a good thing, but I just keep rethinking it from a different angle and I suppose it's like the research part where at some point you just have to stop? I don't know. I'm just hoping that the changes I'm making are still heading in the right direction and I'm adding to my paper and not taking things out that are actually supposed to be there. It's progress anyways, which feels good.

Data Analsis

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I am comparing two different sets of fitness test scores; one from before my fitness program and one after the students have completed their fitness program. There are five different fitness test components they will be doing. I think to compare the pre and post test results I should be using either a T-test or ANOVA. I am also comparing reading, writing, and math standardized test scores per and post fitness program. I think I should be using ANOVA for these comparisons. This is all of the statistical analysis that I will be using, except for comparing the control group and the fitness group which should probably use a T-test? If anyone knows for sure what I should be using let me know or else I will just read up more thoroughly on which one I should use.

Proposal Progress

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The methods section of my paper is slowly coming together and after talking to my advisor it seems I will be going in the right direction. In class last week assisted my understanding of stats in a mixed methods proposal but it seems it will only be a small piece of my methods for right now. I am going with the sequentional exploratory stragety right now to determine how the distribution of the Native youth population interpret physical activity and their importance. I have to put on some finishing touches but I am going to go over the writing center to have them look it over and give an outside opinon from class. I also wanted to know how our presentations should be structured, this will probably be something we will go over in class this afternoon. I am sure the class doesn't want to overwhelmed with my lit review and I am assuming to implement anticipated results.

Proposal Progress

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The methods section of my paper is slowly coming together and after talking to my advisor it seems I will be going in the right direction. In class last week assisted my understanding of stats in a mixed methods proposal but it seems it will only be a small piece of my methods for right now. I am going with the sequentional exploratory stragety right now to determine how the distribution of the Native youth population interpret physical activity and their importance. I have to put on some finishing touches but I am going to go over the writing center to have them look it over and give an outside opinon from class. I also wanted to know how our presentations should be structured, this will probably be something we will go over in class this afternoon. I am sure the class doesn't want to overwhelmed with my lit review and I am assuming to implement anticipated results.

Peer Review

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I just printed and re-read my paper to get an overall idea of where I am at and how it is reading. I noticed that my paper today is vastly different than what it was when we did the peer reviews. I found the peer reviews to be very helpful and it got me moving in directions that I had not thought of. I think it would be very beneficial to have another peer review time period because I feel like my paper is getting close to being done but another set of eyes and ideas would be great. It seems that I get stuck in certain areas of my paper and it would be nice to have another person's viewpoint.

Methods

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I'm writing my paper on the correlation between stretching and exercise/athletic performance. What has been traditionally done, is it beneficial, what should be done, etc. It is coming along but I really need to re-examine my methods and stats section in order to smooth out transition points, wrinkles, missed points/sections, etc. Class last week was helpful in giving me more good questions to remember to cover/address as I write. Need to continue carving out chunks of time to sit down and continue writing the paper.

Stats

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In looking at past research, it seems that the stats that I will need to use are the t-test. I really will be working with simple percentages and comparing those so my main statistics that I will need will be a t-test and p value. As far as my methods section, I got a lot accomplished and feel pretty good about it. With a quick refresher on stats on Thursday, I should have my methods section complete. I am still working on the flow of the intro and have gone back and forth on some changes. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel!!

Progression

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Initially my draft was really rough I focused mostly on just getting the content out into the paper. I have been working on making it more a continuous cohesive thought. I have worked more on the transitions and flow of the paper. I also am working on improving both my introductions and conclusions. I still need to improve on my methods and final take home message. Hopefully that will fall into place soon as well.

Methods

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Although my methods may be subject to change once I present to my mentor, our conversations last week and suggestions helped me mold it to a more stable foundation. The information found in Creswell was helpful in regards to a mixed methods but it seems that regardless of how much you try to cover every aspect there always seems to be something missing. This section for some reason regardless of being shorter than the lit review seemed to be more difficult just because I want to create a flawless purposal and the methods section has more room for holes. I appreciate the suggestion of the few in class that had a little bit different outlook and incorporated your ideas into my methods. With also looking at the time frame I have given myself for the real-time purposal I need to get this ready for IRB approval soon, so everything else subsequent will have enough time to play out. I do question though, if you submit a purposal for IRB approval how much of it do you submit without decreasing the signifance of your study (eg: lit review, methods, anticipated results, etc.)?

Progress

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Last week's peer review was a huge help in continuing with this project. It was very beneficial to receive feedback from some fresh eyes. Also I have had some good comments back from my prior blog entries and those have been very helpful as well, so thank you to all who have commented. I have made some of the suggested changes and additions to my project and am now continuing to work on my methods section. My methods section was very incomplete so I have been looking for more prior research to validate my methods and also for the stats part of it. The stats is a difficult one for me..should have taken a stats course before methods! I am looking for some help in prior research to see what stats they have used and will rely on that quite a bit. I still feel that my methods is incomplete so I am hoping to keep plugging away at it and have a confidently complete methods section by the weekend.

Progress of the draft

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To give an overview, my project is about quantifying the variation of the scapular kinematics in normal individuals in all the three dimensions during a pushing activity. Last week's class and peer review had a reasonable impact in the progress of the draft. I had several misapprehensions about my project until last week. I really didn't consider about defining the terminologies I used in my draft. I really took it for granted that they are common terminologies. Also, I've not presented my review of literature in a way that it creates a direct impact on my research question. Peer comments helped me identify these issues. As of now, I'm rephrasing my review of literature and adding details to the methods. The toughest part for me would be data analysis as few others in the class, as I've not taken any statistics class. I'm working to format the proposal in a good shape.

Methods

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I am doing a quantitative study on if cardiovascular based physical education classes increase test scores in comparison to normal physical education classes. When working on the methods section of my paper it has been pretty easy to set up what I think I would want to do to test this. The one thing that is difficult is making sure that I have included everything that is necessary for the methods section. Last weeks class was helpful when we looked at an example of someones methods section and then discussed the different parts that were included. I also think that going through what needed to be included in the introduction section was very helpful. I think the only thing I need to do is keep working on the methods section and double check to make sure that everything that needs to be in it is there.

Methods

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The actual description and protocol of my study has been the easy part. Right now my main struggle is deciding on the appropriate design. The two designs I'm contemplating are cross-sectional and case-control. The problem with case-control is that the variable heart rate recovery is not a rare variable. The other problem I will run into that is making my design choice difficult is the issue of matching the controls. This will most likely be the point that receives the most criticism. The other question I have right now is whether or not I should conduct a pilot study or actually power my study appropriately. Otherwise the rest of the paper is coming along nicely now.

Methods

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Just a quick review, I am doing a qualitative study, conducting interviews to learn more about motviations for donations in athletic departments. As for progress on my paper this week, I'll be honest and say that I have not made a ton of progress this week. The nice thing from class last that I learned was that my methods section had been put together fairly well for the rough draft. I had followed creswell pretty closely, and class last week was able to show me some new things that I need to add, but that I am heading in the right direction as far as my methods section goes. I right now am working on getting the benchmarks for donations, so that I can use those benchmarks as the way for breaking up my sample groups and have the rationale for doing so into "higher" and "lower" donor groups. I am also working on going through the paper and providing more detail for each section, since the biggest thing I learned last week is providing detail, detail, detail. I realize I have a lot of work to do over the course of the next month, but I am happy with the progress of my paper, and I think my methods section is coming along very nicely. I at least know everything I want to do with it, its just a matter of taking the time and sitting down and really cranking it up a notch after doing one go around for the rough draft. Also, it was very nice to have gone through a peer review and had another set of eyes look at it and give some quality feedback into this section as well. It is very easy to fall into a trap of making certain mistakes over and over again, especially in a rough draft, and mistakes that you always make and miss when you go over the paper yourself. It was nice to not only have someone go through and make updates for you, but also make mention of areas that you have done well in, and it makes you feel a lot better realizing you are heading in the right direction with your paper. I have already gone through my methods, as well as intro and lit, to make the necessary corrections from the peer review. Now its just a matter of sitting down and working through the rest of the issues discussed in lecture last week.

Methods

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A quick review of my study: I am looking to determine if there is a set low back pain treatment protocol among certified athletic trainers at the collegiate level. I am also interested in the prevalence of chiropractor use among these same professionals as well as their athletes. Using Creswell helped quite a bit, it has a nice layout/outline that you can follow exactly. The survey section was helpful and I used that as a guide while writing my methods section. I am currently developing the survey with some help and am working on the data analysis portion of how the survey will work and how I will run the statistics. That to me is the hardest part currently in my proposal and will hopefully get a grasp on that soon.

methods

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Quick refresher, my research question is, "Is the student-athlete code of conduct effective in its current form?" The first thing I did this week was to go through and fix all the edits I had from the peer review session. I then went through my notes from class and made sure that each required section was included in my methods section. While going over these notes I realized that the biggest portion of the methods section that I have overlooked this far is the development of my interview guide. My interview process has two different levels, one with administrators and one with student-athletes. Becuase of this format I found it necessary to design two seperate interview guides, one for each population. The problem here is that the answers from the administrators are going to form the interview guide for the student athletes so I could not yet formulate this guide. Should this be switched around? Should I interview the student-athletes first so I can have a more complete background while interviewing the admins? Or should I interview the admins first so that I have an idea for possible conclusions that could be presented to the student-athletes. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Methods

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This weekend I have really tried to get into my methods section and make some progress. I am looking at how augmention events (such as fesivals, expos, post-race parties, etc.) influence people's choice of marathon. In my literature that I reviewed, many of the researchers used interviews or observation methods. However, I want to propose to use a survey in order to collect data from as many people as possible and also to get data from races of different sizes. I am having some difficulty giving my rationale for using a survey. I can explain why I want to use a survey, but I don't think it's enough to say that I am using a survey "because I want to." I am going to look for a study that used a survey and hopefully that will be a substantial enough source for my rationale. I am also struggling with my data analysis section. I have never had a research statistics class so when I read studies as see how they analyzed their data, I tend to just get confused. Creswell doesn't seem to offer up much of an explaination on different methods for analyzing data. Since getting my peer edits back with my paper I really just need to get back into writing. After I get my methods section done, I will need to create a sample survey to include as an appendix.

Moving forward

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Well I met with Dr. Kihl last week and I feel much better about where I'm at with things now. She gave me some really good feedback and explained quite a few things to me that I was really struggling with. I was able to take information that I had had when I met with her and re organize everything in the correct outline format as well as APA format which I was unfamiliar with. Now it's back to the dirty work of just writing. I'm taking a break for the rest of the night, but hope to get quite a bit done with weekend. I'd like to comment on a few people's blogs on here, but there's not a whole lot new as far as postings are concerned.