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Social Science Research Methods. HHG4M Ms. Prouty. Read “What the experts say” on pg.5. Change creates new research opportunities. Identify something from the article that could be a topic of social science research. 1 Summarize the 8 social science research methods. 2

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introduce yourself to social science research

Read “What the experts say” on pg.5. Change creates new research opportunities. Identify something from the article that could be a topic of social science research. 1

  • Summarize the 8 social science research methods. 2
  • Define: scientific method; hypothesis; quantitative research; qualitative research. 1
  • Make note of “The Research Process” on page 11. 2
Introduce yourself to Social Science Research
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5. Explain the terms primary and secondary research 2

6. How can one identify opinion verses fact? 3

7. Take the “Quick Quiz” on page16 3

8. Summarize Organizing Your Research Presentation found on page 17 4

9. What is informed consent? Why is it important to your research? 3

Cont.
defining the question

Through brainstorming and preliminary research, identify a question that will focus your inquiry.

  • Focusing means going from broad to more narrow.
  • Research questions should be open-ended (you cannot answer with a simple yes or no).
Defining the Question
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One or more of the eight research methods could be used.

    • Observation
    • Participatory Observation
    • Personal Interview
    • Phenomenology
    • Survey
    • Historical Research
    • Official Statistics
    • Review of Literature
  • Which methods are primary research methods and which are secondary research methods?
selecting a research method

Observation

  • Participatory Observation
  • Personal Interview
  • Phenomenology
  • Survey
  • Historical Research
  • Official Statistics
  • Review of Literature
  • Which is the best method to test your hypothesis?
  • Does your research question lead you to a particular research method?
Selecting a Research Method
where can i find resources

Your first step:

    • http://homer.ugdsb.on.ca/norwell/library.aspx
  • What now?
    • Use Google wisely, and with caution
    • Read Wikipedia for a backgrounder, but then go to Wikipedia's sources
Where can I find resources?