Ch. 5 Research Methods

Ch. 5 Research Methods - Chapter 5 Sociological Research...

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1 Chapter 5 Sociological Research Methods
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2 Stages of sociological research Choose an issue Define the research question Review the literature Develop a hypothesis Research design [Write a research grant proposal] Data collection Data analysis Report the findings
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3 Research Methods in Sociology Scientific sociology – the study of society based on systematic observation of social behavior. Based on the idea of applying methods of the natural sciences to society Goal: prediction and control Rigorous research methods help us to: Be objective Increase the credibility of our results Allow other researchers to check our results Generally uses quantitative data
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4 Variables The scientific ideal is cause and effect change in one variable causes change in another. Independent variable (IV) The variable that causes the change. Dependent variable (DV) – The variable that changes . Correlation – a relationship by which two or more variables change together. A spurious correlation is a false relationship between two or more variables caused by another (confounding) variable.
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5 Interpretive Sociology
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course SOC 40187 taught by Professor Robert during the Fall '09 term at UC Davis.

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