sociology 2

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 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 type of method do Positivists like
They like the scientific method, as it consists of systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
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What type of model describes the scientifc method
Hypothetico deductive model
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Positivists say- research should have following features
Systematic and logical- go in order of the hypothetico- dedictive model
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Reliable- if the method is replicable it means that the data is reliabe- can depend on it if the researcher is able to obtain similar or the same data using the same method
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Objective/ value free (non-biased)- sociologist needs to be neutral and not allow personal prejudices or political values afffect the research method and interpretations of data being collected
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Representative- characteristcs of 1 group taking part in research should represent the larer population being studied
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Generaisation- can the data collected be applied and said to be true of the wider population to which the sample belongs to
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Quantitative data- numerical data that can be turned into statistics and graphs/tables/barcharts- to see if patterns and trends or any correlations exist
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Validity- is the data colected true to life- does the data reflect the reality of the person or group being studied
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