Daniel Chapter One, verses 1-17 includes a good example of a research study. Use your Bible (Old Testament) to class for Week Two or a printout of Daniel Chapter One from the following website link: http://www.devotions.net/bible/00bible.htm Click on Old Testament, then Daniel Chapter One (New Revised Standard Version)
Four Young Israelites at the Babylonian Court
1. What was the research problem? King Nebuchadnezzar made Judah his vassal state, and takes Daniel captive.
2. What was the study's purpose? To understand how others are capable of holding their resolve to God in the face of temptation.
3. What was the primary research question or hypothesis? (state either in the form of question OR in the form of a hypothesis) When faced with those that stray from God’s law can those that believe remain true to their faith when faced with temptation?
4. Who would be considered the primary researcher or principle investigator (PI)? God
5. Who was the research assistant? Daniel
6. What type of design was it? Quantitative
7. What subtype of qualitative or quantitative design was it? (note--this is tricky) Be specific! Ethnographic studies because it involves the study of others and how they hold their faith in God.
8. What type of sampling was used? The captives of Judah
9. Who was in the control group? Who was in the experimental group? The control group would be King Nebuchadnezzar and his followers. The experimental group would be Daniel and the other Jewish captives.
10. What was the independent variable(s)? What was the dependent variable(s)? The independent variable is the control of King Nebuchadnezzar. The dependent variable is the response of Daniel and the other captives to hold on to their beliefs and their convictions.
11. Identify any extraneous, intervening or mediating variables (explain). I think this would be when the captives were forced to...