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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 1F90
Professor
Kathy Deliovsky
Semester
Fall

Description
What is Social ResearchrdOctober 3 2013Method and MethodologyQuantitative ResearchPositivismAntiPositivismQuantitative Sociology DefinitionsOperational DefinitionReliability and ValidityRelationships among VariablesPoverty and Crime Spurious CorrelationObjectivity Errors and BiasSexism in ResearchQualitative ResearchEthicsMethod and MethodologyMethod Actual techniques and strategies for gathering dataMethodology Theory and analysis of how research does or should proceed ex ethnography grounded theory action researchTwo broad methodological approachesQuantitativeQualitativeQuantitative ResearchTends to be programmatic deductiveGoal scientific objectivityInvolves converting aspects of social life into numbersAnalysis is accomplished by means of statisticsUsually involves large samplesTends to be positivisticPositivismThe belief in the unity of the scientific methodthe logic of inquiry is seen as the same across all sciences social and naturalThe goal of research is to explain and predict general behaviourdevelop the law of general understanding
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