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Ch 2: Analyzing & Interpreting Social Science Inquiry

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Use the following online video lessons and quizzes to learn about analyzing and interpreting social science inquiry. Learn about primary and secondary research and validity and reliability, among other topics.

Analyzing & Interpreting Social Science Inquiry - Chapter Summary

Review key research methods used in social science through this chapter on analyzing and interpreting social science inquiry. Learn strategies for choosing a data collection technique as well as ways to summarize research from a variety of sources. Other topics covered in our series of brief video lessons include the following:

  • Methods of and differences between primary and secondary research
  • How to assess the quality of a research study
  • Systematic analysis of evidence
  • Causation and cause-and-effect relationships
  • Competing narratives and multiple perspectives
  • Formulating research and null hypotheses
  • Inductive vs. deductive reasoning
  • Comparing and contrasting alternative interpretations or points of view
  • Analyzing types of source materials

Each lesson on analyzing and interpreting social science inquiry is three-fold and include a video presentation, written transcript and self-assessment quiz. Designed by professional educators with experience in social sciences, these lessons are both engaging and easy to follow. You can watch the video in full as often as you need, or you can utilize our convenient video tags to jump to just the main points. Also, many of the transcripts include links to our other articles for those readers who want to explore a topic in more depth. Finally, the multiple-choice quizzes can help you measure how well you've learned the material so you know if you need additional study time.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Analyzing & Interpreting Social Science Inquiry
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Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

1. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.

Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

2. Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

Many psychologists and teachers complete research studies. How can you tell if a study was done well? This lesson will cover many criteria for a good quality study, including types of reliability and validity.

Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

3. Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

After figuring out what you are going to study, you, as the researcher, will need to figure out how to study it. This lesson discusses popular ways a researcher can collect data as well as why a researcher would chose a particular data collection technique.

How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results

4. How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results

Perhaps the most common statistic you'll see from psychology is a correlation. Do you know how to correctly interpret correlations when you see them? This lesson covers everything you need to know.

Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

5. Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

After figuring out what you want to study, what is the next step in designing a research experiment? You, the researcher, write a hypothesis and null hypothesis. This lesson explores the process and terminology used in writing a hypothesis and null hypothesis.

Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

6. Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

This lesson explores the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning in the form of psychological experiments. In addition to defining these terms, the lesson gives examples to explain how this reasoning is applied.

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