Research Methods in the Social Sciences. Theory & Research. Outline. What is theory? Why does it matter? Direction of theory: Deduction Induction Positivism Grounded theory Feminism Ontology . What is theory?. Social Theory – a system of interconnected ideas Organises knowledge
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Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Theory & Research
“Positivism sets up a certain model of science as value-free, atomistic; discovering causal laws […] These are supposed to be characteristic of the natural sciences that have made them so successful, and the assumption is that if the social sciences could only imitate them, they would achieve similar success” (Collier, A (2005) Philosophical and Critical Realism)