FRHD 3070 Lecture Notes - Cognitive Evaluation Theory, Internal Validity

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September 24, 12
Basic Versus Applied Social Research
Enironment
Basic
o Controlled
Applied
o Open, cannot manipulate
Scope
Basic
o Narrow/ specific
Applied
o Broad
Purpose
Basic
o Knowledge as an end in itself
Applied
o Interested in solving social problems
Validity
Basic
o Internal validity, idea of cause and effect i.e. Does watching lots of
tv violence cause violence behavior
Applied
o Internal & external (generalizability)
Significance
Basic
o Statistical, by chance?
Applied
o Practical and statistical
Theory
Basic
o Theory development & testing
o Example related too cognitive evaluation theory by Deci
Applied
o Theory used instrumentally
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Basic: knowledge as an end in itself. Basic: internal validity, idea of cause and effect i. e. does watching lots of tv violence cause violence behavior. Basic: theory development & testing, example related too cognitive evaluation theory by deci. Systematic assessment of the operation and/or the outcomes of a program or policy, compared to a set of explicit or implicit standards, as a means of contributing to the improvement of the program or policy. Assume you"re the director of an organization that provides a family violence program. You want you know whether the program is effective. Better understanding of what the program is all about. Times when you need to bring in an external when the general public needs to be involved. Empowerment evaluation: fosters self-determination and self-evaluation, give someone a fish and you feed them for a day, teach him how to fish and they will feed themselves for the rest of their life .

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