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Research Methods

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC101Y1
Professor
Robert Brym
Semester
Winter

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SOC101 March 30 , 2011 Research Methods Things that affect the way in which we see the world: • How research filters perception values, theories, existing research, & methods (for collecting data) reality • Tension privets all scholarship based on the observation of reality • Subjectivity (which aspects of reality are worth checking up on) & objectivity (process of doing research, “reality check”) play an important role in sociology The Research Cycle 1) Figure out what matters to you most : • Different issues matter to different people • Not just enough to have an issue, you have to formulate a testable theory (a theory may begin vaguely about how facts are connected together) tentative explanation of a phenomenon (the theory is testable & falsifiable, open to revision) 2) Formulate a testable theory: • Not just an explanation about how facts are r
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