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Political Science Reference & Research Tools - Chapter Summary
Study political science reference and research tools with this chapter. You can learn more about different types of research, as well as the ways that research is used. Our lessons will also help you understand the importance of completing research in an ethical way. Read and view these lessons to increase what you know about:
- Research methodologies and choosing a research method
- Nonscientific, scientific, basic and applied research
- How to use content analysis, archival research and secondary research
- Exploratory, descriptive and explanatory uses for research
- Ethical research and informed consent
- How to choose research sources
- Political cartoons
- Types of maps used for research
Political science experts designed the lessons in this chapter to help you learn more about research. The information about these tools is presented in short video and text lessons. You can use our self-assessments quizzes, as well as the chapter test, to make sure that you grasp the different uses for each of the reference and research tools.
1. Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method
While there are many ways to conduct an experiment in psychology, there are only so many ways you can describe it. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences, strengths, and weaknesses of the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.
2. Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences
Explore the way people 'know' information without using a scientific methodology. Have you ever fallen for nonscientific research and then presented it as fact?
3. Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences
In this lesson, we look at the difference between basic and applied psychological research and discover why there is a separation. Through examples, we'll answer the questions, 'What is the purpose of research if it doesn't apply to the real world?' and 'How are the two interrelated?'
4. Using Content Analysis to Collect Social Research Data
This lesson explores what content analysis is and how a researcher can use this technique to explore and collect social data. An explanation of how to use this technique to explore the psychology of other times is also explored.
5. Using Archival Research & Secondary Records to Collect Social Research Data
This lesson explores the idea of what happens when researchers already have information and data that they can study. You'll get the chance to look at descriptions of archival and meta-analysis research.
6. Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory
There is a parallel between how people come to understand something and the process of researching an idea. This lesson explores the purposes of research as well as three approaches to research in psychology: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory.
7. Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality
When performing research, there are certain expectations that a researcher must follow to protect their subjects. We will explore a few of the different ways that a subject's responses are kept from being used against them.
8. What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition & Purpose
After you have figured out what you are going to research and have approval to do it, you need informed consent from the participants in your experiment. What is informed consent, and how is it different than regular consent?
9. How to Choose a Research Method & Design
After a researcher has something they want to study, what is the process of figuring out how to study it? This lesson explores most of the elements involved in selecting and designing an experiment.
10. Political Science Research Sources
The professional study of political science is research intensive. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the important reference sources and tools that are available to political science researchers.
11. What are Political Cartoons? - History & Analysis
Political cartoons have a rich history that is as interesting as the cartoons are visually entertaining. In this lesson, you'll learn how political cartoons have shaped our past and continue to shape our society today, and how to analyze their messages.
12. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps
This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.
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