The practice of social research exam review 2

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The practice of social research Scientific method 1. Theoretical generalizable 2. Public-> it’s important to be published 3. Objective and logical-> one of the goals 4. Empirical and falsifiable-> ʢ findings becomes observed ʣ 5. Systematic and cumulative-> create knowledge base on previous knowledge 6. Parsimonioussimple Paradigms and theories Paradigms – a model or frame of reference through which to observe and understand.puzzles be solved by the public Theories- the puzzles to be solved as defined by the research community . Theory is not philosophy or belief , it is the fundations of social science Social theory has to do with what is , not with what should be happen. Theory is a set of statements that are logically related. Logical explanations are what theories seek to provide: 1. Theories makes sense of observed patterns 2. Theories shape and direct research efforts. Structure of theory(components) 1.Axioms(very few)- fundamental assertions on which a theory is grounded. 2.propositions -specific conclusions, derived from the axiomatic groundwork, about the relationships among concepts 3. hypothses- a specified, testable expectation about the empirical reality that follows from a
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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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