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Social Problems1Social ProblemsD’Ann IrelandUniversity of Maine at AugustaSoc. 201Dr. Jon A. SchlenkerMarch 3, 2016
SOCIAL PROBLEMS2What is a social problem (definition and description)?
SOCIAL PROBLEMS3Scientific MethodThe scientific method is a systematic, organized series of steps that ensures maximumobjectivity and consistency in researching a problem (Shaefer and Lamm, 1992:35). Somecomponents of scientific methods are;Test Ideas – Don’t rely on common sense, traditional authority figures and don’ttake assumptions for granted.Evidence must Be Observable – Evidence should be observable because otherSociologist might want to perform the same study in order to verify or refutefindings.Describe How Evidence is Gathered – All studies of society should specify themethods of research used to obtain his/her information, the setting (where) andpopulation (whom). This is to assure that other social scientists may test yourfindings.Theory – A theory is a set of ideas (generalizations) supported by facts. Theoriestry to make sense out of those facts. Social scientists very seldom accept theoriesas laws.

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