I am currently doing my research for my dissertation on the under-representation of women in the construction industry.

My aim is to show that young people are steered toward traditional subjects which in turn will close doors to careers such as construction for women.

For my questionnaire I have many different kinds of questions, but mainly likert scale type which have ratings from 1 to 10 1 being strongly agree to 10 being strongly disagree. I am at my wits end as to how to analyse these questions, I have looked at all ways and can't seem to find the right one, they are all a little confusing.

My initial thought was standard deviation, however I don't understand how this works, I understand its the variance from the mean and most data will be within 1 standard deviation ie +/- 68% but what does this tell me about the data? Another area I though was quartile range and interquartile range, this would tell me if the question answered gave a reading within bottom 25% or top 75% however I have read in books this has to be done by using frequecy which I can't use in this instance.

Any help and guidance would be appreciated, I don't want my dissertation to fail on the stats analysis part.

Please HELP!!!!!

:shakehead

My aim is to show that young people are steered toward traditional subjects which in turn will close doors to careers such as construction for women.

For my questionnaire I have many different kinds of questions, but mainly likert scale type which have ratings from 1 to 10 1 being strongly agree to 10 being strongly disagree. I am at my wits end as to how to analyse these questions, I have looked at all ways and can't seem to find the right one, they are all a little confusing.

My initial thought was standard deviation, however I don't understand how this works, I understand its the variance from the mean and most data will be within 1 standard deviation ie +/- 68% but what does this tell me about the data? Another area I though was quartile range and interquartile range, this would tell me if the question answered gave a reading within bottom 25% or top 75% however I have read in books this has to be done by using frequecy which I can't use in this instance.

Any help and guidance would be appreciated, I don't want my dissertation to fail on the stats analysis part.

Please HELP!!!!!

:shakehead

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