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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1A06
Professor
Sandra Colavecchia
Semester
Fall

Description
Research Methods and Ethics Research Methods:  Experiments  Surveys  Observatory studies  Secondary Data Analysis Quantitative vs Qualitative Research Quantitative: availability of numerical data Qualitative: focus on process (how, why); giving voice to “participants” Cross-sectional vs Longitudinal Cross-sectional: data taken at one point in time Longitudinal: study done at more than one point in time Limitations of Experiments:  Artificial environment  Validity  Hawthorne effect  Not applicable to all things that sociologists want to study  Replicating a positivist approach to research Limitations of Surveys:  Designing “good” questions is difficult  Dishonesty  Forgetfulness  Requires literacy  Data is limited to what is on paper  Low response rates Limitations of Observatory Studies:  Low reliability  Generalizability  Hawthorne effect  Ethnocentrism Limitations of Secondary Data Analysis
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