Notes 1-29 - Jan 29th Lab Experiments Major Strength...

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Jan 29 th Lab Experiments Major Strength -Physically controls out all extraneous variables Major Weaknesses -Artificially -Difficulty in manipulating the variables 1. Field Study -Detached observation/ Systematic passive researcher -Researcher does not interact with the group -Participant More involvement, but does not try to be noticed -Manipulative active researcher (not in the book) Seeing if something obvious effects how people act Ex. Barber shop gave out free donuts and coffee every day, freeloader comes in everyday. How does it affect the barbers? 2. Observation Ex. Affects of microcomputer on scientific product -Major Strengths Finds things respondents are not aware of themselves -Major Weaknesses are Excessive time, money, energy required Small samples- limited generalizability Uses observer’s interpretation 3. Existing Sources
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Census Tapes, Police Records. Numerical Data Content Analysis of prose materials Major Strengths -Savings in time, money, and energy Major Weaknesses are: Accuracy of data may be questionable
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course SOC 1004 taught by Professor Mdhughes during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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Notes 1-29 - Jan 29th Lab Experiments Major Strength...

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