Research Methods

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  • Created on: 04-05-16 13:55
Case Study
Research that examines a single case or example, such as a single school, family or workplace, often using several methods or sources
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Closed-ended questions
Questions that allow only a limited choice of answers from a pre-set list
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Comparartive Method
A research method that compares two social groups that are alike apart from one factor
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Content analysis
A method of analysing the content of documents and media output to find out how often and in what ways different types
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Control Groups
In experiments, scientists compare a control group and an experimental group that are identical in all respects
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Correlation
When two or more factors or variables vary together
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Documets
Public documents are produced by organisations such as Governments, schools, media, etc and personbal documents are created by individuals and often provide first person accounts of events and experiences
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Ethics
Issues of right and wrong; moral principles or guidelines. There are ethical objections to research that decieves or harms its participants or fails to obtain their informed consent
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Laboratory experiment
A lab experiment is a test carried out in controlled conditions in an artificial setting (a lab) to establish cause and effect relationship between two or more variables
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Field Experiment
Carried out in a natural setting
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Hawthorne Effect
Where the subjects of a rsearch study know they are being studied and begin to behave differently as a result, thereby undermining the studys validity
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Hypothesis
An untested theory or explanation, expressed as a statement. Sociologists seek to prove or disprove hypotheses by testing them against the evidence
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Informed conent
Where those taking part in a study have agreed to do so and understand the purpose of the study, the uses to which its findings may be put, and its possible effects
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Interview Schedule
The list of questions to be asked in an iterview. It is useful because it allows standardisation of the interviewing process, since all interviewers will use the same schedule of questions
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A method of analysing the content of documents and media output to find out how often and in what ways different types

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In experiments, scientists compare a control group and an experimental group that are identical in all respects

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Elmo

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would be nice if consent was spelled correctly...

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