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Objectivity and Values What do Social Scientists mean when we talk about objectivity in research? We could mean That the manner in which the research was conducted was not influence by the perspective of the researcher That a research project’s outcome is not influenced by the perspective of the researcher That the content of the research is such that any other oerson would be able to reach the same conclusions That a researcher has made adequate effort to double check that their answers are generally true rather than only the opinion or perspective of one Research should be conducted from outside the process its in without getting involved Is it even possible? Should be more important than opinion, argument based upon empirical knowledge Research that’s impacted by the opinions of the researcher Choice of question, method for studying that question, selection of information to be studied all influence that argument you’ll get. o Can produce different pictures-random vs convenient sample o Formulation of question, the observer effect-being watched behave differently, asking
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