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Exam 1 20:06 Research Conducting research is part of human nature The earliest humans were people who did research We learn what to do and what not to do We are inclined to do research Natural ways of testing things Observation We see how other people do things and mimic it Testing We change things until they work Authority We learn because people tell us Tradition We see the way things have always been done Essentially all of these things are about  How do we know? People are a big aspect of how we can study What is science? The idea that there is a motive inquiry that is common to all human beings It’s also a process of thinking and asking questions It’s not a body of knowledge
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It’s creative and imaginative It’s about figuring out the relationship between two things What is social science? It’s all about groups and human behavior Major components of scientific research Scientific research is organized, well-planned, systematic and structured You go in with a plan and follow that plan It’s objective There is no researcher bias It’s controlled It has a lot of  internal validity It can be qualitative or quantitative Qualitative uses no numbers and quantitative uses numbers It’s empirical It comes from observation It’s measurable What we’re looking for in scientific research is predictability It is conducted publicly You don’t do your work alone 8 Primary Steps of Research
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Selecting a problem There is no right or wrong thing to research. There is just a wrong way of doing the  research. After you select a problem, you need to decide if it’s a good topic to study Are you actually even able to study it? Do you have a good plan? Is it ethical? Existing research What’s already out there on this topic? Hypothesis vs. Research Question Hypothesis is a formal statement of a known relationship Saying what you think is going to happen A research question is also formally stated, but isn’t necessarily known Method and Design Collecting data The most tedious part of the survey Analysis Take your data and make it into something that works Report Give information to the public Replication We replicate things because stuff changes
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Components of writing a research paper Introduction Where you talk about the problem you have decided to talk about and why it is  important. Literature review Methods Results Discussion Conclusion References/Appendices Writing, Citing and Theory Writing Most reports are generally formatted the same way Introduction Literature Review Methods Results Discussion Conclusion
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Introduction What is the problem? What is the relevance? You notice a problem and show how it is relevant
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