Also, you need to specify the approach you have adopted for your research by breaking down your arguments into several points.
When describing your instruments, remember to review issues such as the number of questions, length of administration, readability and scoring.
You can rely on the instrument's manual and early normative articles to obtain a lot of this information.
Conversely, if you have a particular methodology in mind from the outset, this may dictate your topic under consideration.
The most traditional approach is that of the ‘black letter’ methodology, which takes its name from the tendency of legalistic approaches to concentrate solely on the ‘letter of the law’.
To meet the requirements of this methodology, students must learn to emulate how particular lawyers conduct legal arguments and in so doing demonstrate that they have learned the ability to ‘think like a lawyer’. With black letter analysis the focus is on primary sources, namely case law and statute and to a lesser extent, academic commentary.
As such, it focuses on the law in books rather than the law ‘in action’, thereby overlooking the sociological and political implications.
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After you describe the instrument, you will then need to review the reliability (e.g.
alpha coefficients, inter-rater reliability, test retest reliability, split half reliability) and validity of the instrument (content validity, external validity and discriminant validity). You will want to review issues such as the agencies or organizations you will approach for participant recruitment, the order of the instrument administration, testing procedures and informed consent.