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CHYS 2F50 Lecture 1: Research Methods

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Child and Youth Studies
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Jan Frijters

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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 Epistemology  How do you go about determining what leads to knowledge?  What methods do you use?  What assumptions do you have? Ways of Knowing  Authority 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  Rational Method o Relies on past knowledge plus logic o Used when direct observation is dangerous, impractical or – especially – unethical
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