Positivism

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  • Positivism
    • Influenced by natural sciences
    • Human behaviour observed like elements
    • Structure of society controls
    • Study objectively
    • Universal conditions
    • Quantitative, statistical data showing cause and effect
    • Experiments (Lab, Field, Comparative)
      • Researcher can control conditions
    • Research Methods?
      • Social surveys
        • Self report
      • Questionnaires
      • Structured interviews
    • Favour use of official statistics as secondary data
      • Easy and cheap access
      • Representative

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