For this group exercise (the entire class will do the same project), you will collect freelist and pilesort data on one cognitive domain. The domain will be chosen in class. Some possibilities (all of which have been done before):
The data will be collected from undergraduate students. You can use classes, or walk up to students in the dining halls, or whatever.
These data will be collected, entered into the computer in a single combined file, and emailed to me by the date given in the schedule. But you should send preliminary data earlier in the week to make sure the data format is exactly right.
To collect the data, you will ask a total of 100 respondents to "Write down all of the _________ you can think of." Give them no more than 5 minutes. This can be done by email if you like (quality of the data is not as good, but it sure is convenient).
Here is the data format (entered in text file):
Freelist of emotion terms
In class, we will choose a set of items that were frequently mentioned in the freelisting. You will then make up several decks of cards. In each deck, there is a card corresponding to each item. On one side, the card has written in large bold letters the item. For example, for the domain of emotions, you might see a card with "ANGER" written on it. On the other side of the card is an id number of the item. For example, "anger" might be item #1. (Best to number them in alphabetical order). You hand the deck to a respondent and say "Sort these [emotions] into piles according to how similar you think they are. You can use as many or as few piles as you want. Go.". When the respondent is done, ask him or her to name or describe each pile. Then record the data. You need to collect at least 50 pilesorts.
You need to email me the combined data by the date listed in the schedule. But you should send preliminary data earlier in the week to make sure the data format is exactly right.
Here is the data format (entered in text file).
*title Holidays Pilesorts collected among BC undergraduates *item data id name 1 April_Fools 2 Christmas 3 Columbus 4 Easter 5 Fathers 6 Flag 7 4th_Of_July 8 Groundhog 9 Halloween 10 Hanukkah 11 Kwanza 12 Labor 13 MLK 14 Memorial 15 Mothers 16 New_Years 17 Passover 18 Presidents 19 Ramadan 20 Rosh_Hashanah 21 St_Patrick 22 St_Valentines 23 Thanksgiving 24 Veterans 25 Yom_Kippur 26 Patriots 27 Cinco_de_Mayo 28 Secretaries *respondent data id gender Shawn f Heidi f Dan m CarolB f Gail f Sara f Info u CarolG f HAnn u Mi-Young f MBF u MF u MikeP m MikeF m Deanna f Stacey f SK u GeoA m Patricia f Ken m Kathy f S22 u WW23 u Kel24 u x25 u APAss't u Diane f *pilesorts respondent Shawn pile 1: 21 7 16 pile 2: 23 22 9 pile 3: 13 26 3 14 12 18 8 15 28 6 5 1 24 pile 4: 10 25 4 2 17 respondent Heidi pile 1: 3 6 7 12 14 18 24 26 pile 2: 2 4 9 16 23 pile 3: 1 8 13 28 pile 4: 21 22 pile 5: 5 15 pile 6: 10 17 25 ... etc.