Data often are unobtrusive oHelps eliminate the tendency of participants to change their behavior in the presence of a researcher Limitations oMay be difficult to find data that can adequately address the research question oDistance between researcher and people being studied canlimit insights oWhich approach is appropriate depends on the research question and available resources oEach approach has its own limitations, strengths, and weaknessesThe research process o1. Formulate research question o2. Prepare research design o3. Collect data
o4. Analyze and interpret data The need for a critical eye oSuccessfully navigating this research process requires healthy skepticism and constant questioning The researcher process discourages us from acceptance and from premature closure oIt also requires an examination of one’s own biases and assumptions Contra ideological thinking, social science requires open mindedness and the ability to look at an issue from various perspectivesGo in with the assumption that your hypothesis is wrong, you have to be open to the fact that you might be wrong Benefits of studying research methods oCan help you become a more critical consumerof research evidence, so that you can: Read and understand research reports and articles
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- Spring '17
- Samantha S Kwan
- Sociology, researcher, Low External Validity, social scientific research