Sociology doing research

Sociology doing research - Sociology: How Sociologists do...

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Sociology: How Sociologists do their Research (8/30) Collect and analyze data through observations and attitudes of real families – all members of family Try to use objective, scientific methods – unbiased, don’t impose own views and beliefs Follow scientific method: create steps to doing research and try to formulate a hypothesis Have control group and experimental group Try to have two measurable things to compare Difficult to carry out experiments because can’t manipulate families; rely mostly on surveys Require large, random group to survey in order to maintain variation Most are longitudinal surveys Field Research: more in-depth research on certain families, not concerned with randomization, become a part of their lives and family – get detailed knowledge that can’t be replicated in surveys but that can’t be generalized Must adhere to fundamental ethical principles controlled through IRB (board that reviews research) o
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2008 for the course SOCI 130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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