4.15 Evidence in Sociological Research

4.15 Evidence in Sociological Research - 4/15/11...

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4/15/11 Statistical Evidence in Sociological Research Word of the Day hypothesis: a supposition or conjecture put forth to account for known facts. The Logic of Sociological Research 1. Sociological research typically begins with a question (ex: why did France, Russia and Chine-but not Germany- have social revolutions? What causes homelessness?) 2. Sociologists then devise a theory about the answer to the question. (ex: In a nutshell, what was Marx’s theory about the rise of capitalism? What was Weber’s theory about the rise of capitalism? 3. Sociologists then derive a testable hypothesis from their theories. (ex: Andrew’s: increased competition for public education leads to higher private academy enrollment. Greater legal pressure for desegregation leads to higher private academy enrollment. Greater mobilization of the civil rights movement leads to higher private academy enrollment. Greater counter-mobilization against desegregated leads to higher private academy enrollment) Hypothesis: two parts. Y<=X. Y is dependent and is the effect of the other
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