P284_Jan 23_Research design I

P284_Jan 23_Research design I - Political Research and...

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11 Research Design I January 23, 2008 Political Research and Analysis
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22 n A plan that shows how the researcher intends to study an empirical question n A plan for guiding the researcher in the process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting observations. What is a research design?
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33 Major components of a research design According to KKV*, n The research question n The theory n The data n The use of the data * KKV—Gary King, Robert Keohane, & Sidney Verba’s Designing Social Inquiry .
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44 The steps to take in conducting a research project n Specify the question or problem with which the research is concerned Ø The research question
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55 Specify the question
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66 Research questions n Where do research questions come from? n There are no rules that tell us what to study. v However, there are three criteria for choosing a research question …
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77 Criteria for choosing research questions (1) The research question should deal with an important aspect of social & political life.
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLS 284 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '08 term at Western Illinois University.

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