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Definitions of Operationalization

(noun) The process of transforming an abstract concept into a precise definition that is measurable and testable; creating operational definitions.

Example of Operationalization

  • To determine how often a student studies you must decide what constitutes studying.

Operationalization Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈˌɑpəˌreɪʃənlˌaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˈˌɑpəˌreɪʃnəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ɒpəˌreɪʃn̩əlʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
      • /ɒpəˌreɪʃn̩l̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
      • /ɒpəˌreɪʃənl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
      • /ɒpəˌreɪʃ(ə)nəlʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
  • Syllabification: (op·er·a·tion·al·i·za·tion)

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Works Consulted

Brym, Robert J., and John Lie. 2007. Sociology: Your Compass for a New World. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Macionis, John, and Kenneth Plummer. 2012. Sociology: A Global Introduction. 4th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Operationalization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “operationalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 18, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/operationalization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

operationalization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/operationalization/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “operationalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/operationalization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“operationalization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/operationalization/>.