Methods_of_Sociology_Bb_01_30_08

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Methods of Sociological  Methods of Sociological  Research Research DSOC 101 Introduction to Sociology January 30, 2008
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Feb. 8th @ 4 p.m. – Last day to add the course or change sections. Request to change section? Online through Just the Facts . Sections meet this week; attendance is required. If you are unable to attend section, contact the section TA. Assignment #1 Due February 11, 2008 Distributed on February 4, 2008
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Scientific Method Systematic, organized series of steps that ensures maximum objectivity and consistency in researching a problem
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Designing A Sociological Study Designing A Sociological Study Step 1: Defining the problem The best sociological research begins with problems that are also puzzles. A puzzle is not just a lack of information, but a gap in our understanding. Much of the skill in producing worthwhile sociological research consists of correctly identifying puzzles. What is the issue you wish to address?
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Designing A Sociological Study Designing A Sociological Study Reviewing the evidence Have previous researchers spotted the same puzzle? How have they tried to resolve it? What aspects of the problem has their research left unanalyzed? Drawing on others' ideas helps the sociologist clarify the issues that might be raised and the methods that might be used in the research.
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Designing A Sociological Study Working out a design A range of different research methods exists, and which method is chosen depends on the overall objectives of the study as well as the aspects of behavior to be analyzed.
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Designing A Sociological Study Choosing a research methods: Check the research method you have
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2009 for the course DSOC 101 taught by Professor Hirshel during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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