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Why is uncovering social facts or laws useful
Predicitons can be made about the social world and social engineering can take place
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Why is social engineering useful?
It can be used to solve social problems
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Why was Durkheims research useful
Deviation from expected suicide rates can be looked at so the cause of the problem can be identified and solved
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Why would Positivist research be seen as benefitial?
Social engineering can reduce crime/ poverty and create a better society
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Why would the government like positivist approach
Its a reliable and quick way to obtain data from sociological research and then use the data to solve issues in society
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What time of method to Positivists like
They like the scientific method, consisting of systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
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What type of model describes the scientific method
Hypothetico- deductive model
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What features should research follow
1. Systematic and logical- go in order of the hypothetico deductive model
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Reliable- data considered to be reliable if its successfully replicated by another researcher and the same or similar results are obtained- how much you can depend on data collected
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Objective/ value free (non-biased)- sociologist needs to be neutral and personal and political prejudices cannot affect the research method and onterpretiation of the data being collected
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Representative- the characteristics of those who are taking part in the research should represent the larger population being studied
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Generalisation- is the data that was studied, actually true of the wider population to which the sample belongs to
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Quantitative data- data that is collected in numerical form which can be turned into statistics, therefore patterns and trends can be then observed and compared
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