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Sociological Research Methods
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Wallace Wheel of Science
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Theory Empirical Generalization Hypothesis Observation
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Theory Set of interrelated concepts about reality that explains, predicts, and can be tested E.G. Coser’s theory derived from conflict and functionalist theories theory hypothesis
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Hypothesis Statement about the relationship between two variables Examples: Conflict between groups increases the cohesiveness within groups- Coser’s What’s good for GM is good for America Blondes have more fun
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Characteristics of Hypotheses They have variables… which must vary -blondes and fun, are not variables Dependent and independent variables State how variables are related Must be testable
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Observation Techniques 1. Participant observation 2. Experimentation 3. Surveys 4. Content Analysis 5. Historical Sociological Analysis
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1. Experimentation 1. Controlled situation 2. Change independent variable, observe effect on dependent variable 3. Random assignment to control and experimental groups 4. Best for establishing causation 5. Artificial
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