Sociology - A Social Science

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

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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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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course SYG 1000 taught by Professor Glorialessan during the Spring '12 term at Florida State College.

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