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Research in Sociology Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. The first step in scientific method is ______.

Question 2 2. Which is true about scientific method?

Question 3 3. Marissa is doing her research project on driving. Her hypothesis is, 'Women are better drivers than men'. She is trying to define 'better.' Marissa is working on the _______.

Question 4 4. Imagine you are looking at a graph that shows a correlational line moving from the bottom left corner of the graph to the upper right corner. Which correlation coefficient below would best represent the pattern of data while remaining within the possible range of correct calculations?

Question 5 5. Which one of the following coefficients indicates the strongest relationship between two variables while remaining within the possible range of correct calculations?

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Question 6 6. Dr. Nodd does a study in which she observes parents and their children interacting at home. She finds that the more supportive parents are, the less aggressive their children are. What conclusion can Dr. Nodd make?

Question 7 7. Dr. Yang does a study in which she observes one hundred children over a period of six years, noting changes over time. Which type of research design is Dr. Yang using?

Question 8 8. Dr. Goldberg does a study in which he observes Jerome, a child who has been identified as having a rare disorder. Jerome is the only subject in the study. Which type of research design is Dr. Goldberg using?

Question 9 9. Mr. Freeman randomly gives half of the children in his class an extra dessert over the lunch hour; the other half gets no dessert. After lunch, he tests the children's levels of resentment toward each other. Which type of research design is Mr. Freeman using?

Question 10 10. Ethnography should be used when a researcher is _____.

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Question 11 11. Conducting ethnographic research often involves _____.

Question 12 12. A researcher wants to make observations and conduct interviews with patients on a particular floor of a local hospital. What type of access would the researcher need?

Question 13 13. Which of these is most likely to be said by a positivist sociologist?

Question 14 14. Which primary theoretical perspective in sociological research relies the most upon empirical evidence and the scientific method?

Question 15 15. Which of these is the main focus of critical sociology?

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Question 16 16. Dr. Patel does an experiment in which she shows people either a happy movie, a sad movie, or no movie in a classroom. Then, she asks them to fill out a survey assessing their feelings about whether they want to adopt a pet from the animal shelter. In this experiment, what is the INDEPENDENT variable?

Question 17 17. Dr. Patel does an experiment in which she shows people either a happy movie, a sad movie, or no movie in a classroom. Then, she asks them to fill out a survey assessing their feelings about whether they want to adopt a pet from the animal shelter. In this experiment, what is the DEPENDENT variable?

Question 18 18. A school principal wants to conduct an experiment that involves the distribution of a questionnaire. She has only enough copies for half of the students. She decides who will participate by pulling names out of a hat and choosing ten students from each of the four grades in the school. What constitutes the population of this experiment?

Question 19 19. How do sociologists perform quantitative research?

Question 20 20. What do social sciences have to consider that natural sciences do not?

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Question 21 21. What is sociology?

Question 22 22. If a research study is so specific and strange that it does not have any real world application, we can say that the study has a low level of _____.

Question 23 23. A researcher performed a study in which she concluded that children who have parents who read to them at home have better reading skills at school. However, she only included children in the top reading level at school, and no children who have trouble reading. Because she only included one group, and not all groups of children, her study probably has a low level of _____.

Question 24 24. The measure or assessment of consistency of scores across time or different contexts is called _____.

Question 25 25. Alayne has completed her research. It is being read by other experts in her field before it is published in a journal. Alayne's research is being ________.

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Question 26 26. José wants to calculate a correlation; which of the following graphs should he use?

Question 27 27. Ms. Olsen decides to study differences in her classroom between children who have an identified learning disability and children who do not. Which type of research design is Ms. Olsen using?

Question 28 28. All of the following are ethical concerns when conducting an ethnographic study, EXCEPT:

Question 29 29. Max Weber stressed that _____.

Question 30 30. Dr. Patel does an experiment in which she shows people either a happy movie, a sad movie, or no movie in a classroom. Then, she asks them to fill out a survey assessing their feelings about whether they want to adopt a pet from the animal shelter. In this experiment, what was the control group?

Research in Sociology Chapter Exam Instructions

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