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I will be conducting research by using an
interview process and questionnaire. My goal is to determine if children from
middle/upper class female single parent households leads to similar outcomes on
their development and future success as children from middle/upper class two
parent household. The strength of independence and female power of a single
parent household do not limit a child and their future is similar to a child of
a two parent household of the same socioeconomic status. I decided to conduct a
interview and a paper survey. Using a combination of quantitative data
(numbers) and qualitative data (conversation) it is possible improve the
evaluation by ensuring that the limitations of one type of information are
balanced by the strengths of the other. I believe my analysis style will
improve my understanding of the topic, uncover variables that were not
questioned about yet impact results of the two different households and explain
the the parent-child relationship.

 

The physical questionnaire will be anonymously
given to students with questions being closed, meaning that they are limited response
options provided for example A,B,C,D. I think that using a survey to
prove my hypothesis will allow me to identify trends in my sample demographic
and provide hard data to analyze. Choosing this particular method, will make it
easier for respondents to answer questions, compare
results and statistically examine, to avoid multiple variables playing a role
in the study. To test my hypothesis, I will ask participants for information
about their family structure, as well as evaluate them based on my indicators
of development and success which include; extracurriculars, recent grade
averages, grit, family support, family stress, positive physical health and
mental health.

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I will be using a clustered sample of male and
females students in grade 12 who are attending North Toronto C.I. North Toronto
C.I. prides itself on its “rigorous academic programs” with over 90% of
graduates gaining admission to competitive university programs (TDSB, 2018).

There is a large percentage of families that are well-educated high income individuals,
with the average household income being on average $100,000 annually in the NTCI catchment area  (Metrolink, 2015). Given the income of the
individuals and percentage of graduates, I can gather that most students
attending North Toronto have access to similar academic resources (computers,
tutors, parental support, etc.). Additionally, the parenting support and
expectations of children are similar, as high income/educated households
generally have authoritative parenting styles. In order to measure the
indicators of success, controlling for theses factors such as income, age,
education level and parenting style will let me accurately determine parental
structure (single parent or two parent homes) influence on their children’s
future success.  

 

I will be contacting several grade 12 homeform teachers and asking them
if they can distribute the survey to their students at the
beginning of the period. I will make sure that the paper survey is handed out
after February 8th when students have received their report card marks and will
be able to provide a clear indication of their average in the class.

Additionally, leading up to February 2nd, the amount of work increases as
teachers are trying to submit as many marks as possible. To avoid faulty data, giving
out the questionnaire after students have gotten to a place of stability, will
likely give me more precise answers on North Toronto grade 12’s overall
well-being. I am aiming to hand out my survey to at least 4 classes totalling
to approximately 120 students.

 

The questionnaire process will be as followed: First I will contact
several homeform teachers to see if I can hand out my survey to their class.

Next, I will sort through my data and input it into a software program to
effectively look at the information given. Then I will organize by data by sorting students into those
who are from single-mother households and those from two parent households.

After, I will look at the results in each section based on my indicators of
future success. Finally, I am interested in determining if students genders and
type of single parent (widow, divorced, separated) have an impact of future
success.

 

Furthermore, I will conducting an interview with
students. The standardized, open-ended interview process will be very useful
for obtaining detailed information about an individuals opinions, perceptions
and feelings. This method of getting information gives me direct control over
the flow of the process, allows me to get in depth answers  and a chance to clarify certain issues that
could not be covered in the questionnaire. I think that by selecting this
method, I have the opportunity to probe for additional information, ask
follow-up questions, and circle back to key ideas to generate a rich
understanding of attitudes, perceptions and motivations. I will ask the
participants questions about the influence their parents had on their life and
their overall state of well-being.

 

In
the interview, I will be talking with a selected 4 subjects who are mixed of
grade 12 students with different genders who attend North Toronto C.I., as well
as have different family structures. With 2 students from a single-mother
household and 2 from dual parent households, I hope to compare the answers of
all 4 people to determine if their opportunity for future success and
development process is the same. Additionally, interviews are far more personal
forms of investigation than a questionnaire and by working directly with the
student respondent,  I might be able to
determine other alternatives of development and success that need to be taken
into consideration in the survey. Having a male and female for both single
mother and dual parent households, will allow me to determine if the gender of
the child is a variable that should be considered, as boys and girls are
innately very different.

 

When
conducting the interview I will have to be lenient to the availability of the
student, in order to discuss my questions thoroughly. I hope to complete this
interview process prior to handing out the questionnaires. By listening to the
personal stories and situations of students, I will likely have a better
understanding of my topic and be able to analyze the data from the
questionnaire to a greater extent.

 

The interview process will be as followed: I will
contact students in grade 12 who have two parents and ones that have single
mothers. Next, I will ask the same questions to the 4 students and record their
answers. Once I copy the answers from the recording into a document, I will
read through the responses and highlight certain aspects from all 4
individuals. Later, I will compare the 2 students from single parent households
together and the 2 students from dual parent households together. Finally, I
will measure single parent households and two parent household children in
relation to each other, to understand the influence that family structure has
on a child’s opportunity of success.