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Chapter 2: Paradigms, Theory, and Research.
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(Deductive) Scientific Methodology Step 1: Formulate Theory. Step 2: Translate Theory into Research Hypothesis. Step 3: Empirically Test Research Question. Step 4: Evaluate Results. Step 5: Submit Results for Evaluation by Community.
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Theory is Like an Onion… Paradigm/Orientating Strategy Theoretical Framework Theory Concept
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Paradigm/Orientating Strategy A set of assumptions about: Proper Unit of Analysis Individuals, Groups, Organizations, Social Networks , Social Artifacts? Proper Level of Analysis Micro, Meso , or Macro? Nature of Theory Nomothetic or Idiographic? Proper Research Methods Quantitative, Qualitative, or Mixed? Nature of Social Interaction Cooperative or Conflict-Based? Nature of Human Nature Nature vs. Nurture, or both in parallel?
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Examples of Paradigms Examples Positivism Constructivism Structural-Functionalism Conflict Interactionism Critical Race/Feminist/Queer Theory
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Examples of Paradigm Assumptions See Overhead. What Kinds of Problems can Arise from Adopting one Paradigm over Another? Over Generalization Selective Bias Incomplete Understanding of Phenomenon.
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Theoretical Framework A collection of inter-related theories Examples World-Systems Theory Theoretical Frameworks articulated by: Mead Marx Weber Durkheim Parsons.
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Theoretical Framework of G.H. Mead. Concept
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lecture2 - Chapter 2:! Paradigms, Theory, and Research....

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