CHYS 2F50 – September 7 , 2012 th
Research Methods - The Quantitative Way to Knowledge
Why study research methods?
To understand the source of much CHYS knowledge
To survive upper-year courses
To have an edge in the workplace
To develop a view on how knowledge is created
How do you go about determining what leads to knowledge?
What methods do you use?
What assumptions do you have?
Ways of Knowing
o Knowing based on expert sources, documentation, and books
o Quality of the information is based on the quality of the source
o Relies on trust to build knowledge
o Every research study uses the method of authority to build a case for
their hypotheses/research question
o Relies on past knowledge plus logic
o Used when direct observation is dangerous, impractical or –
especially – unethical