LECTURE 2

LECTURE 2 - ResearchMethods MondayJanuary23rd...

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Research Methods Monday January 23rd  
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Scientific Research Variable – a measurable trait or characteristic that  can change under different conditions.  (ethnicity,  race, gender, social class, age, income, etc…) Independent Variable  –  causes  an effect Dependent Variable  – the variable  affected
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Scientific Research Identify the independent and dependent variables. The more you study, the more you know. Study is independent  Knowledge is dependent Violence rates are higher among  cohabiting couples than among  married couples.
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Scientific Research Hypothesis – a statement of a relationship between  two or more variables. Ex. People with higher education will be more likely to  have a higher Socioeconomic Status (SES). Causality- Very hard to determine in social research This is why we talk about probability. We use terms like correlated, more likely…
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Correlation – exists when one variable is associated  with another. Spurious Correlation – an apparent relationship 
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course SOCL 2001 taught by Professor Mecom during the Fall '07 term at LSU.

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