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Chapter 1, 1/2 notes

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Research Methods
Zerbib, Sandrine

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This is the first half of chapter 1. These notes are a combination of the professors lectures, power point, and my personal notes. If you have any questions, let me know! Study hard!
Research Methods
Zerbib, Sandrine
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Date Created: 08/26/15
SOC 303 826 Chp1 Looking for a reality Knowledge from Agreement Reality We have trouble with research because what we want to find out is difficult to gather information 0 Babies all come at different times and rate Some married people do not want babies at all while some plan and sometimes accidents can happen All these outcome makes it difficult for a researcher to study 0 Water boiling is real because we can see and prove it when it hits a certain temperature Q Why do we do research A We want to understand what s happening around us instead of believing what othersworld informs us How do we know what is real Scientific assertion must have both logical and empirical support Epistemology The science of knowing systems of knowledge Methodology The science of finding out procedures for scientific investigation Agreement Reality Those things we know as part of the culture we share with those around us Ordinary Human Inquiry our own experiences Humans want to predict the future Why 0 We recognize that the future is caused in part by the present 0 Cause and effect patterns are probabilistic in nature Social Science has so many variables that there are more chances for an outcome Prediction versus Understanding is it enough to predict Tradition When someone who shares the same culture with a common commonality It could be passed down through language and culture We do not see anything else past our culture because we have grown up with certain beliefs Authority People who are experts in their field Being an expert does not mean you can prove things but certainly gives you the credibility Religious leaders politicians etc Errors in inquiry and some solutions 0 Inaccurate Observations Everything 5 Senses is an observation Q What are some other mistakes 0 Using personal experiences understanding and belief 0 Body language from afar You interpret it wrong 0 The device may be broken and you relay on that device For a more accurate result you need to recordobserve Overgeneralizations Solutions Large and representative samples are a safeguard against overgeneralization Replication Repeating a research study to test and either confirmquestions the findings of an earlier study


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