The paper "Rural, Poverty-Level Mothers by Thurston and Navarrete" is a delightful example of a sociology article. Purpose and hypothesis of the Study In this study, Thurston and Navarrete intended to report on the level of the impact of poverty on the children's learning and general development. The study was to confirm the poverty level in the rural areas of specific states in the US that were thought of making the state spend too much money in the assistance program. The federal government depending on the outcome of the study intended to drastically reduce the level of assistance that was being leveled on the perceived poverty-stricken people of the state-this was following a policy program enacted and passed by the congress referred to as personal responsibility and work opportunity reconciliation act.
The study hypothesis from the position of the government that the assistance level to the poor needs to be cut down, it remains clear that the hypothesis is; There is unnecessary spending by the government that needs to but proportionately be reduced from an informed position. Methods and Procedures The participants were briefly interviewed during the data collection period and then allowed to complete the measurement package instrument.
The sessions were carried out in small groups while in special case some were done individually. In the sessions, the staff and the twenty interviewers were present and were allowed to read the words based on request but not the interpretation. The sessions took about 60-90 minutes. The data collected were analyzed by frequency counts tabulated and was assessed into two; the special need and the non-special need concerning the children whose rural mothers took part in the study.
The primary interest here was to find out if there was any significant difference in the response given by mothers with special need children and those without. The findings were then analyzed using Pearson’ s Chi-square regarding the array of concerns raised in the interview. Sample The interviewees in this study were women of all possibilities with about 93% ranging from the age of 21 to 45 while the rest demonstrated above 45 years of age. In total, 263 women from what was perceived to be poor states: Kansas (9.9%), Tennessee (38.0%), Texas (46.8%), and Florida (5.3%).
Of these 263 respondents, 136 were from rural-based zones while the rest hailed from metropolitan zones. The results were then analyzed and segmented depending on the issues that recognized with them. In this regard, it was found that mothers with children with special needs were much older than those without children with special needs. The data in this study was professionally collected in the form of the questionnaire from the intended persons before being subjected into the viable statistic analysis tools to realize dependable results.
The study was also sensitive to the demographic composition of the respondents and certain usage information regarding the respondent were captured such as age, the number of children, marital status, ethnicity, employment, and welfare status. Results and Conclusions Regarding the information from the questionnaire, it was found that ruralness and poverty are the worst factors that retard education among the children. The findings of the study also realized that family stress, poverty and various forms of hardships are the factors that accelerate the dwindling education involvement.
It was also found that most of the respondents in the study were actually benefitting from the government extended form of help. In the study recommendation, it was resolved that teachers should form the mainstream advocacy for the eradication of poverty since the future of America depends on the lives of the children in the rural areas that are poverty-stricken areas. Critique The study design was professionally curved in the sense that it captured the main facets that findings based on them could actually lead to making a sound conclusion.
For instance, the idea of collecting data both in the rural and urban areas, this was important in comparison purposes. The demographic composition collection also contributed what might be a hidden factor accelerating poverty in the area. In the same breath, the sample considered for the study was rather small considering the fact that the study covered four states. The size of the sample is known to be statistically important in communicating authentic findings that are not erroneous and skewed because of poor sampling.
I tend to believe that more samples ought to have been collected to enhance the reliability of the findings.