### Show students that the "right" measure depends on the problem

Describe (or have students find) three measures of the same concept. Then,
present several research situations and have students determine which measure
would be best for that particular study. (Using **
handout 6.1** will
facilitate discussion).

Start off giving students problems where there is an
obviously correct answer and then progressively increase the number of
tradeoffs that have to be made. We find this works best as a small group
activity. Indeed, some of the best learning seems to occur when the groups
arrive at different choices.

Note: With some classes, you may have to guide them through the process by

- first making them list the comparative strengths and weaknesses of each
measure;
- then making them list, in order of importance, the desirable
characteristics of a measuring device for the particular research problem;
- then
finally choosing the appropriate measure for the situation.

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