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Week2-paradigm+_+question - Week2 1.Why study research...

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Unformatted text preview: Week2 1.Why study research methods 2.Research paradigm 3.Research questions 1 STUDENT: reports, journal articles, write term papers 1. The Benefit of Knowing Research Methods Research evidences in professional journals, newspapers, television, and other medias…. How much can we trust them? 2 CAREER: should keep up to date with all info based on research (managing statistic info.) AVERAGE CITIZEN: have to deal with various claims and information based on research “Plastic surgery may also ease migraines” (NY TIMES Sep. 2, 2009) “75% of doctors interviewed prescribed drug X for the relief of Y” 3 “A placebo-controlled surgical trial of the treatment of migraine headaches” by Departments of Plastic Surgery and Neurology, Case Western Reserve University Who conducted or funded the research? - Setting up a 900 number- 15,028 readers took up the invitation, paying a nominal fee to call in 4 1993 Parade Magazine opinion polls about crime in America Was the results based on a call-in survey representative of U.S. Public opinion? OECD’s annual rankings of educations, national competitiveness, government efficiency… <OECD: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development > Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report Zagats’ Restaurants Ratings? 100 places to see before you die ? The results contingent on METHODS! 5 The Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations SYSTEMATIC set of procedures and steps ORGANIZED a methods in going about research in a planned procedure, not a spontaneous one 2. Research Paradigm What is research? “Systematic and organized way to find answer to questions” Is social science really a “SCIENCE”? 6 “Conceptualization of the nature of the universe should always be viewed with skepticism and tested against observable facts ” - Make a lot of observations and then generalize rules of nature. - Inductive reasoning: From observation to theory. (deductive reasoning: From theory to observation)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:311 taught by Professor Phillips during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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