First Week of Feb Notes
First Week of Feb Notes Soc 3163
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Krista Lindenberg on Friday February 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Soc 3163 at Arkansas Tech University taught by Dr. Mikels-Schlutterman in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Intro to Sociological Research in Sociology at Arkansas Tech University.
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Date Created: 02/05/16
Types of Sociological Questions o Factual (what is childhood obesity?) o Historical (when did childhood obesity become a problem?) o Comparative (compare childhood obesity in races and socioeconomic groups) o Theoretical (Why???) Theory “…systematic set of interrelated statements intended to explain some aspect of social life.” o Example: “Economic distress among the white population causes an increase in mob violence against African Americans.” o Proposing how two things are interrelated o Theory is a general proposition o Hypothesis is a specified, testable expectation o Theory = 2 statements linked with a “because” Childhood obesity is more of a problem in low-income families because they are less likely to be able to afford healthy food. o Hypothesis – a specified testable expectation about empirical reality that follows from a more general proposition. Three functions of theory o 1. Theories prevent our being taken in by flukes. Don’t depend on chance o 2. Theories make sense of observed patterns in ways that can suggest other possibilities If we have a theory about how two things are related, we can find solutions. Ex. Broken homes produce more juvenile delinquency than intact homes because of a lack of adult supervision. o 3. Theories can direct research efforts, pointing toward likely discoveries through empirical observations. Research influences policy making. As a social researcher… o Work within one of these perspectives… Seek to extend it, challenge it, or specify it. o Test alternative implications of the different perspectives against each other. Ex. Parenting 1. Compartmentalization 2. Spillover hypothesis 3. Compensatory Theory Seek to contribute something new Six important functions of literature review: 1. Narrow or broaden a topic 2. Inform about the state of knowledge on a topic 3. To see patterns and gaps in literature 4. Stimulate creativity and curiosity 5. Provide examples 6. Enables you to better grasp elements that go into conducting research
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