Week 3 Lecture Notes - Social Research 1
Week 3 Lecture Notes - Social Research 1 SOCIOL 2950 - 01
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99 Notes week 3 Research Designs Research Process What is research design Overall plan of a study for collection data Addresses a research question Depends on the nature of the question Selecting a Research Topic How do researchers select a general research topic intrinsic to their discipline suggested by ongoing research and theory of strong personal interest to them Conducting a Literature Review What is the purpose of literature review Helps to identify researchable questions related to a research topic Establishes a connection to research and theory Provides information about how previous studies have been conducted Formulating a Research Question What makes a good research question Interesting because it contributes to ongoing research and theory Focused by being specific Manageable and feasible in terms of time and other resources needed to conduct the research Preparing a Research Design Research Designs indicate the kind of data you will gather and how you will gather and interpret them Options for gathering data depend on the type of research question Research Strategies for Quantitative Research Which research strategies generally address quantitative questions Experiments Surveys Some form of existing data analysis Units of Analysis in Quantitative Research Units of Analysis cases or entities that researches study individual people families nations books tv shows Method of selecting units depends on question and research strategy population vs sample of units random vs selective Variables in Quantitative Research What is a variable a measured concept that varies over cases or over time within a given case Types of Variables Dependent Variable outcome to be explained Independent Variable Presumed cause of the dependent variable Extraneous variable not a part of a hypothesized relationship eg intervening and antecedent variables lntervening Variable Gender gt Political Ideology gt Religious freedom attitudes Independent lntervening dependent Antecedent Variable Occur prior in time to the independent and dependent variables and can affect both variables Mothers education antecedent gendeandependenD religious freedom attitudes dependent