CHAPTER 2_SYG - CHAPTER 2: EXAMINING OUR SOCIAL WORLD...

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CHAPTER 2: EXAMINING OUR SOCIAL WORLD Social Research o Examines human behavior o o Involves the objective gathering of data SECTION 2 Importance of Sociological Research o Four points in the text New knowledge Stop myths Affects policy Sharpens thinking SECTION 3 Scientific Method o Steps: Data collection Measurement Analyze Interpret o Variables Research examines the relationship between variables Characteristics that can change in value or magnitude under different conditions Attitudes Behaviors Traits o In a research study, Scientists: Ask a question Test a hypothesis Hypothesis: statement of a relationship between two or more variables Statement that will be tested in the study Variables in hypothesis o Independent variable Stands alone & determines or has an effect on the dependent variable o Dependent variable Outcome, which may be affected by the independent
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CHAPTER 2_SYG - CHAPTER 2: EXAMINING OUR SOCIAL WORLD...

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