I’m trying to finish a paper for school, but something went wrong. Maybe.

My professor is walking me through some of this, but, I don’t want to call her. I want to finish it this weekend, w/o her help.

So, my problem: The operative section of my research design says that 'the mean and the median will be recorded to find the central tendency."

OK. I know what the phrases mean, and I know how to find them.

But, I’m wondering how to apply them. I am using a Likert-type scale, with 6 responses, from ‘Never’ to ‘Always’. I have 68 people in the survey, and scores, respectively, of 10, 16, 22, 4, 14, 2. So, I put them in an XL spreadsheet, punched in the formula for mean, and I got 11.3333. 68 responses divided by Which, irrespective of how they answered, will always be 11.333333… Since all of the questions were answered, I can easily guess that the median will be, what, 3?

I’m not measuring the right info here, to find the central tendency, but the clear (read: easy) answer is eluding me. Can you help? Should I have applied a value to each of the responses, multiplied hits per response times that value, and divided by same? If so, would my mean, just pulling a number from thin air, say 3.67, mean that the mean of the responses was 2/3 way between the 3rd and 4th response?

I have very limited statistical skills: just took one semester which was in preparation for this class, but the study is extremely low level, and once I find the central tendency, that’s about it. Did I screw up? Is there some other measure that I should be looking for to find the central tendency?

Thanks,

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