Both the Luker and the Knight readings for this week have left me thinking about choosing specific terms. Luker's example about how women define rape showed just how much word choice is key to the answers a researcher will receive (p. 120-121). In Luker's example, the researcher and the respondents had very different definitions of the word "rape." That, in itself, is a rich area for research. I also wonder, though, if researchers ever do studies where they change the terms but intend to search for the same thing. For instance, I might conduct two otherwise identical studies, one of which asks if you have ever plagiarized and one of which asks if you have ever cheated on an assignment. Would the results be different (this isn't the best example but it's what I came up with - imagine another case where the results likely would be different)? If so, what does that reveal? I'd be curious to read a study like that.
Luker, K. (2008). Salsa dancing into the social sciences: Research in an age of info-glut. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.