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Caitlin Hall
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Uses of Social Research

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Research question A question about one or more topics or concepts that can be answered through research.
Unit of analysis A unit about which information is collected.
Authorities Socially defined sources of knowledge.
Personal inquiry Inquiry that employs the senses' evidence.
Scientific method A way of conducting empirical research following rules that specify objectivity, logic, and communication among a community of knowledge seekers and the connection between research and theory.
Positivist view of science A view that human knowledge must be based on what can be perceived.
Post-positivist view of science A view that knowledge is not based on irrefutable observable grounds, that is always somewhat speculative, but that science can provide relatively solid grounds for that speculation.
Objectivity The ability to see the world as it really is.
Intersubjectivity Agreements about the reality that result from comparing the observations of more than one observer.
Theory An explanation about how or why something is at is.
Basic research Research designed to add to our fundamental understanding and knowledge of the social world regardless of practical or immediate implications.
Applied research Research intended to be useful in the immediate future and to suggest action or increase effectiveness in some area.
Exploratory Research Groundbreaking research on a relatively unstudied topic or in a new area.
Qualitative data analysis Analysis that results in the interpretation of action or representation of meanings in the researcher's own words.
Descriptive study Research designed to groups, activities, situations, or events.
Quantitative data analysis Analysis based on the statistical summary of data.
Explanatory research Research designed to explain why subjects vary one way or another.
Evaluation research Research designed to assess the impacts of programs, policies, or legal changes.
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