Section III

Section III - Section III. Defining Your Interests:...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Section III. Defining Your Interests: Scientific Definitions Concepts A concept is an abstraction An abstraction is a grouping of otherwise dissimilar objects A scientific term is a label of a concept Constructs A construct is a concept that is not directly observable A construct does not have a direct reference in the real world A construct must be measured through indicators Types of Constructs There are three types of constructs: Hypothetical : concepts that are hypothesized to exist but cannot be directly observed; examples are "internal mediators" such as attitudes, values, and beliefs Ideal Types : An ideal state or type; e.g., liberal or conservative, extrovert or introvert, perfect vacuum Constructions : A combination of concepts/constructs created by the scientist for the purpose of explanation/prediction; e.g. social-economic status (SES). Such constructions do not exist in observable reality Explication The process of defining scientific terms to make them acceptable for a scientific dictionary The explication process of defining a term has two parts, a conceptual definition and an
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course COM 5312 taught by Professor Edwardwotring during the Fall '06 term at FSU.

Page1 / 3

Section III - Section III. Defining Your Interests:...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online