Socy - PP Week 4 - Testone

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SOCY 1001 Introduction to Sociology
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Announcements Week 4 short paper due Thurs Social Action paper descriptions on CULEARN Study Guide for Test One up Thursday Anything else?
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Research Opportunity I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, and I am conducting a study of young women's experiences of the sexual side effects of antidepressants. I am looking for women ages 18-35 who have experienced sexual side effects while taking these medications. Study participation consists of a 30-60 minute interview. Participation in the study is strictly confidential. If you are interested in participating, please contact me! You can reach me by email or phone: Jackie raksa@colorado.edu (720)272-6645
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Why all that matters… The Thomas theorem states: If people define situations as real, their definitions have real consequences. Glenda frames this as “if something is defined as real, it’s real in its consequences” or “names do hurt.” People as meaning making machines Observation-what happened (boring stats “just the facts”) Interpretation-what it meant (interesting stories) We live in a world of our own making.
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Theory and Research Theory and research are interdependent because: Theories inspire research which can be used to support, disprove, or modify a theory. Data generated through research are meaningless without theory to interpret them.
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What is research? Sociological research involves systematic observation, data collection, description, and explanation (sometimes prediction) according to the scientific method (systematic collection and analysis that increases reliability and validity)
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Two types of reasoning Deductive- moving from general theories to specific hypotheses Hypotheses- educated guesses based on theories (e.g., “People who experienced hospital stays as children will be more likely to pursue careers in health care”) Inductive- moving from specific data (facts) to general theories
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How do I know if it’s good research? Is there any identifiable bias that hasn’t been discussed and accounted for in the report? Question formulation Researcher agenda Instrument Data collection Analysis Conclusions Is the study methodologically sound? Appropriate methods utilized Correctly applied and analyzed Do results follow logically and methodologically from data? Claims are sound and in line with findings and methods Claims are qualified appropriately and subject to verification Does it matter?
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Selecting a sample Sample- a small group of people who are systematically chosen to represent the larger population Representative- accurately reflects the group being studied Random- every person in the population has an equal chance of being selected Non-representative- cannot be generalized to the larger population
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Class Poll A university sponsored study asks you to participate in an interview about your cheating
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2008 for the course SOCY 1000 taught by Professor Walden during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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Socy - PP Week 4 - Testone - SOCY 1001 Introduction to...

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