Chapter 1 - Chapter 1: Introduction Empirical Research:...

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Chapter 1: Introduction Empirical Research: research based on actual “objective” observation of phenomena to achieve scientific knowledge about political phenomena -when doing empirical research researcher adheres to certain well-defined principles for collecting, analyzing, and evaluating info Political science : application of the methods of acquiring scientific knowledge to the study of political phenomena Why should students learn how political scientists conduct empirical research? 1. Citizens in contemporary American society are often called upon to evaluate empirical research about political phenomena a. Must evaluate empirical research about accuracy and adequacy of the theories and research of political scientists 2. Students often need to acquire scientific knowledge of their own a. Need for term papers, research projects To understand research well, one must have a basic knowledge of statistics and how to use statistics in analyzing and reporting research findings
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course PS 20460 taught by Professor Finkel during the Spring '10 term at Pittsburgh.

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Chapter 1 - Chapter 1: Introduction Empirical Research:...

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