Other types of research

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finished sociology (Sociological Methods) Mind Map on Other types of research, created by *Ellie* on 05/20/2013.
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Other types of research
1 Case studies; a detailed examination of a single case/example eg a school/1 individual
1.1 Not representative
1.2 Use qualitative methods
1.3 Used to study exceptional cases
1.4 Can be used with a large scale quantitative study to illustrate general points
1.5 Can be used to test a theory
1.6 Can be used to suggest hypotheses
2 Longitudinal study
2.1 Eg Douglas followed a sample of 5632 children who were all born in the 1st week of March 1946 through their schooling
2.2 They trace development over time, not a snapshot
2.3 By making comparisons between groups we can identify causes
2.4 Sample attrition; P's lost due to death, loss of contact or P's refusing to continue
2.5 Those who stay in the study may not by typical=unrepres
2.6 Demographic changes may mean the remaining sample may not be repres any more
2.7 Hard to analyse data
2.8 Can be costly
2.9 Hawthorne effect
3 Life histories
3.1 Qualitative method used mainly by interpretivists to understand how individuals construct+interpret their life worlds
3.2 They involve recording life experiences through an autobiography or a semi-structured/unstructured interview
3.3 They require the ability to empathise+good listening skills
4 Triangulation;a combination of methods to obtain a more rounded picture
4.1 The different methods compliment each other to counter weaknesses against the strengths
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