SOCI 1001 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Narrative Inquiry, Content Analysis, Participant Observation

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An interpretive framework that guides a study. The grounds or broad approaches that underpin a study. Hypothesis: -a tentative statement about a particular relationship that can be tested empirically. Independent variable: -the variable that can be varied or manipulated. Dependent variable: -the reaction (or lack thereof) of the manipulation. Operational definition: define the concept in terms of the physical or concrete steps it takes to objectively measure it ex: where there is violence, there is wrath. , white collar crimes are an index for greed etc. Validity: how well the study measures what it is designed to measure. *qualitative and quantitative analysis is vulnerable to researcher bias * To explain phenomena, to test hypothesis to explore phenomena. Exhaustive explanations to small sizes sample sizes. Examples- surveys, interviewing, content analysis, participant observation (fieldwork) Define the concept in terms of the physical or concrete steps it takes to objectively measure it.

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