Sociology - A Social Science

Sociology - A Social Science - Goal of scientific research....

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Sociology: A Social Science Testability, Reliability, and  Validity of social  behavioral patterns
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Elements of Science Concepts: ideas Variables: concepts with varying values   Measurement: assigning value to a variable
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Variables Components of a research hypothesis Independent (s) and Dependent  y x1 + x2 + x3 + x4 + …+xi = y Causes and Effect Causality
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Reliability and Validity Critical characteristics of measurement Reliability refers to consistency Validity refers to accuracy Validity entails reliability
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Scientific Objectivity
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Unformatted text preview: Goal of scientific research. Avoidance of subjective values influencing findings Anonymity of subjects is key for objectivity Verstehen (Max Weber) Ethics, Liability Protecting subjects Disclosing sources Funding Applications Science is process Research validates theory Theory guides research The Scientific Method Definition of the Problem Literature Review Hypotheses Non-scientific considerations Methodology Data Gathering Data Analysis Interpretation Conclusions...
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