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02-Sociological Imag-Methods post.pptx

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Sociological Imagination Studying the Social World Challenges in Social Research Week 3
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Uncritical Thinking & Magical Thinking The Enemy: Our Mind-Sets Mind-sets are patterns of thinking that affect how we respond to new ideas Critical Thinking Actively seeking to understand, analyze, and evaluate information to solve problems
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The Steps in Critical Thinking Get an understanding of the problem Gather information and interpret it Develop a solution plan and carry it out Evaluate the plan’s effectiveness
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Value-Laden Research Terminology can reflect value-based assumptions Questions can be selected or phrased in certain ways to elicit certain responses Samples can be selected in order to skew the results
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Max Weber-Ideal Types Ideal Types: analytical constructs against which real-life cases can be compared. “pure categories” are not real They are a conceptual yardstick for examining differences and similarities, as well as causal connections, between the social processes under investigation.
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Critical Thinking Never accept facts without questioning where they came from!
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