Start with a   broad question   Does where you grow up     influence your viewsof the criminal justice system?
Conceptualizing theIndependent variable  "where you grow up" =      environment
Dimension of environment:     Region of U.S.          Attributes:  West Coast, Northeast, South,      Southeast, Midwest
Dimension of environment:   Type of community           Attributes:    Rural, Suburban, Urban
Operationalizing     Indicators for region:State of residence, assigned to    regions (see attributes) Indicators of commu...
Conceptualizing the   Dependent variable"views of criminal justice system" =     support for death penalty
Dimension of support:  civic participation          Attributes:  Voting in favor or against
Dimension of support:     opinions           Attributes:Always support, in some cases, in rare cases, always against
Operationalizing Indicators for civic participation:   Individuals voting record onproposition banning death penalty      ...
Now you are ready to re-state    your broad question  How does the environment in which           an individual lives  imp...
What are some problemsor limits of my variables?
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Methods variable exercise

  1. 1. Start with a broad question Does where you grow up influence your viewsof the criminal justice system?
  2. 2. Conceptualizing theIndependent variable "where you grow up" = environment
  3. 3. Dimension of environment: Region of U.S. Attributes: West Coast, Northeast, South, Southeast, Midwest
  4. 4. Dimension of environment: Type of community Attributes: Rural, Suburban, Urban
  5. 5. Operationalizing Indicators for region:State of residence, assigned to regions (see attributes) Indicators of community type:zip code, assigned to type (see attributes)
  6. 6. Conceptualizing the Dependent variable"views of criminal justice system" = support for death penalty
  7. 7. Dimension of support: civic participation Attributes: Voting in favor or against
  8. 8. Dimension of support: opinions Attributes:Always support, in some cases, in rare cases, always against
  9. 9. Operationalizing Indicators for civic participation: Individuals voting record onproposition banning death penalty Indicators of opinions: Ordinal scale 0 to 4 (0=always opposed, 4=always in favor)
  10. 10. Now you are ready to re-state your broad question How does the environment in which an individual lives impact views on the death penalty?
  11. 11. What are some problemsor limits of my variables?
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