Reviewing Research and Making Connections
REVIEWING RESEARCH AND MAKING CONNECTIONS Due Week 4: 110 points For your first assignment, you will complete a short answer
activity in which you will analyze the article following the Ask, Research, Learn, Do process. This process was introduced in your webtext as a
simplified version of the sociological research process. It’s a useful tool to help you think critically, answer questions, and solve problems. REVIEW
THE RESEARCH Review the Article “Most Americans think the government could be monitoring their phone calls and emails”
THE RESEARCH Use the research information presented in the article to answer the questions below. You should write four paragraphs, one for
each step listed in bold. Use the Assignment 1 template to complete this assignment. Refer to Chapter 2 of the webtext as necessary.
1) Ask: • What was the topic of the research? • Who was studied in the research? • What was the research question that was answered by the
information in the article?
2) Research: • What research methods were used? • Summarize the process researchers used to collect data.
3) Learn: • What were the key findings of the research? • What conclusion was drawn from the research?
4) Do: • What are two additional follow-up questions that you have based on this research? • Why did you choose these follow up questions?
FORMATTING 5) Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: • Use the Assignment 1 template to complete this assignment.
Reviewing Research and Making Connections
Article Title: Most Americans think the government could be monitoring their phone calls and emails
The topic for research is “Most Americans think the government could be monitoring their phone calls and emails.” The research was conducted by the Pew Research Center through a survey. The study target was adults and youth in the United States of America. Individuals of different gender, age as well as education levels were sampled for the study. The different demographic groups all had different views on the topic of discussion. The research question that was being answered was whether they believed that the government was monitoring their phone calls and emails.
The study adopted a qualitative study and a survey was used to determine what people thought about their government monitoring their phone calls as well as emails. The article brings out that the survey was conducted in the month of February of the year 2017. Interview questions were asked to various people of various backgrounds and the results were analyzed and presented in the article findings. The study also assesses whether the public approves of the government monitoring their phone calls and emails. It relates the findings to other studies that were carried out by the same institution in the years 2014 and 2015. These studies established that it is unacceptable for the government to do so. They also revealed that the government was monitoring their phone calls and emails as part of efforts towards anti-terrorism.
The key findings of the research showed that 7/10 of the adults in the United States of America believe that the government monitors their phone calls and emails. Also, about 13% of the population believes that the government is not likely to monitor their phone calls and emails. In addition, eight out of ten adults under the age of 50 believe that it is possible that the government tracks their communication through phone calls and emails. Furthermore, the same thoughts are held by six out of ten adults who are above 50 years of age. Also, there are more men than women that suspect the government of monitoring their communication activities. The concern of being monitored by the government is shared across the political divide and both democrats and republicans believe that there is a possibility of their communication being monitored by the government. The conclusion that was drawn from the research is that a large number of people in American believe that the government could be monitoring their phone calls and emails.
Additional follow up questions?
- What are the factors that trigger the population to believe that the government of the United States of America could be monitoring their phone calls and emails?
- What is the implication of having the government monitoring the communication made by the people in the country?
These follow up questions are important because they justify the research that was one. It will be a significant attempt at explaining the statement of the problem that prompted the research. In addressing these questions, I will be able to understand the justification and significance of the study as well as the impact of the study.