Theories and Hypotheses_9.2.11

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Theories and Hypotheses Sept 2, 2011
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4 Steps of the Scientific Method
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The beginning… Observation : The identification of patterns in nature that comes from our curiosity and our prior knowledge (research) hypothesis: general question indicating a relation between the concepts being studied, in the form of a statement E.g., Children and adolescents who participate in extracurricular activities are less likely to be obese. Prediction: Specific statement about the outcome of a research study E.g., There will be a significantly higher number of obese youth among those who do not participate in extracurriculars than in those who do participate Or, There will be a negative association between BMI and the number of extracurriculars in which children participate
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What informs our research questions? Theory : coherent set of ideas that explains a natural phenomenon Integrate knowledge and information into a framework, enabling it to be organized E.g., may serve to classify behavior or determine
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