Chapter 2. The process and problems of social research. Social research is done through the process of:. Specifying a research question Developing an appropriate research strategy Choosing appropriate units of analysis Conforming to scientific and ethical guidelines.
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The process and problems of
Social research is done through the
What is the question?
What makes a research question “good”?
Feasibility: Can you start and finish an investigation
with available resources and in the time allotted?
Social importance: Will the answer make a difference
in the social world, even if it only helps people
understand a problem?
Scientific relevance: Does your question help resolve
some contradictory research findings or a puzzling
issue in social theory?
What is the theory?
How do we find relevant social theory and
What is the strategy?
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Direction of association
What is the design?
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Types of longitudinal designs
Types of longitudinal designs con’t
Units and levels of analysis
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But is it ethical?
The uses of science
Research on people
Other ethical issues
Institutionalreview boards (IRB)