Sociology Research Methods

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  • Experiments
    • Lab Experiments
      • Experiments: This is where the researcher has the opportunity to control variables in order to discover their effect.  The experimental group/ the control group.
        • Positivists favor lab experiments for their reliablity
          • For interpretivists,they lact validity
      • • Keat and Urry argue that lab experiments are only suitable when all variables can be controlled
        • ·         Individuals are unique and therefore we cannot match members of the control and experimental groups exactly. 
          • ·         We cannot control variables that were acting in the past
            • Small Samples can only be studied
              • The Hawthorne Effect!
        • Informed Consent
          • Lab Experiments
            • Experiments: This is where the researcher has the opportunity to control variables in order to discover their effect.  The experimental group/ the control group.
              • Positivists favor lab experiments for their reliablity
                • For interpretivists,they lact validity
            • • Keat and Urry argue that lab experiments are only suitable when all variables can be controlled
              • ·         Individuals are unique and therefore we cannot match members of the control and experimental groups exactly. 
                • ·         We cannot control variables that were acting in the past
                  • Small Samples can only be studied
                    • The Hawthorne Effect!
              • Informed Consent
                • Harm to subjects
                  • Treating subjects fairly
          • Harm to subjects
            • Treating subjects fairly
    • Field Experiments
      • Used to overcome validity issues
      • Take place in the subject's natural environment and the subject does not know it is an experiment
      • Researcher manupilates variables
    • Comparative Method

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