SA 255 Lecture 3: From Research Problem to Research Design

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
FROM RESEARCH PROBLEM TO RESEARCH DESIGN!
SA255
How is Social Research Conducted?!
- Examined theories of knowledge!
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Research Design!
"...deals w/ aim, purposes, intentions, and plans within the practical constraints of
location, time, money, and availability of staff"!
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Arguments!
- Theory-then-research or research-then-theory!
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ARG Conditions!
- Forms cogent (rationally acceptable premises that support conclusion) argument!
!i. Acceptable premises!
!ii. Relevant premises to conclusion!
!iii. G - premises are good grounds to support conclusion!
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Two Main Models!
- Sequential model!
!i. Identify broad area > select topic > decide approach > formulate plan > collect !
!info > analyze data > present findings!
!ii. Fixed, linear path!
!iii. Guided by research Qs!
!iv. Clear start/end!
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