Quantitative Research: Do employers think ex-offenders deserve a second chance in the workplace?

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Should employers give ex-convicts a second chance? My current quantitative research method consists of twenty-two page surveys. From these survey's I hope to identify a relationship between the independent and dependent variables in the responses from my qualitative research interviews. These variables include race, gender and willingness to hire someone with a misdemeanor versus a felony conviction.

Quantitative research can be used when gathering large amounts of research. It can be presented by using statistics in the form of graphs, tables and percentages. Quantitative research is based on facts and figures, using measurements and numbers. The hypotheses in qualitative research are used to test one variable against another, explore the relationship between two or more variables, and investigate a larger group of people. Although quantitative research can be extremely useful there are some downfalls. Because most employers let the applicant explain his or her situation it is hard to answer closed ended questions.

Some of the employers even wrote next to an answer, in some situations, or under certain circumstances.

During the month of December I conducted surveys to local employers within different businesses. I utilized employers within my own company as well as my friends and family. I was able to reach my target goal of twenty surveys. A purposive sample was used to better help me answer my hypotheses. I chose to have employers fill out the surveys because my research was focused on their views and not societies views. Although it was difficult to find twenty employers willing to give me five minutes, I was able to successfully find them through a snowball sample. Gender was one of my variables so I tried to get an even amount of men and women, which I did. I surveyed ten female and ten male employers. Race was a...