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FMSC 302 Study Guide EXAM 1

FMSC 302 Study Guide EXAM 1 - FMSC 302 Study Guide Chapters...

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FMSC 302 Study Guide , Chapters 1-5 Introduction to Research Methods: Ways of Knowing *Always be careful of opinions o direct observation: experience, feel, see, etc o reliable source tradition: culture authority: teachers, parents, Doctors, etc. Experts in their field, speech & communication o research: taking the word of what an expert has to say on it What is family research? o Focus on the family rather than the individual, acknowledges the importance of the context, tackles the question of how to define family o Mix of sociology/psychology with a focus on families, focus on family unit, sometimes the individual Issues to consider when doing family research o No Universally agreed upon definition of family o Researchers/own ideas & beliefs about family o Multiple statuses and multiple roles o Backstage/hidden behavior Scientific Inquiry o Logic: theory o Observation: collect data, look @ it, see what it says 3 Purposes of Research: Exploratory vs. explanatory o explore: anything here? describe: what? explain: why? How? o Dynamic, progression, what we don’t know ***Applied/Basic Research o applied: solve a specific problem o basic: develop theory o augmenting the theory, adding/changing it OR enhancing it Inductive/Deductive Logic o Induction: Using general principles (theory) to establish specific expectations o Deduction: Using specific observations to develop general principles (theories) Qualitative/Quantitative o Qualitative: non-numerical, subjective/particular experiences, themes & content o Quantitative: numbers and stats, “objective” actual experiences, measurable variables ****Research Questions and Hypothesis Criteria for Formulating a problem statement/research question and hypothesis o Research Question: Written in the form of a question express relationship between two+ variables express direction or nature of the relationship
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can be empirically tested o Hypothesis
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