The Practice of Social Research exam review 1

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The Practice of Social Research Research is the Generation of new Knowledge. Research is to examine and solve real problems. Research should be theoretically developed. The purpose of Research: Prediction, Explanation, and Control. Looking for Reality Knowledge from Agreement Reality A scientific assertion must have both logical and empirical support. Science offers a special approach to the discovery of reality through personal experience: Epistemology: the science of knowing; systems of knowledge. Methodology: a subfield of epistemology, the science of finding out; procedures for scientific investigation. Agreement Reality: those things we “know” as part of the culture we share with those around us. 1. Ordinary Human Inquiry Humans want to predict the future. - We recognize that the future is caused in part by the present. - Cause and effect patterns are probabilistic in nature. We need to distinguish between prediction and understanding : we can make predictions without understanding. 2. Tradition
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course COM 803 taught by Professor Dr.rifon during the Fall '11 term at Michigan State University.

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