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References & Research in Political Science - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review concepts related to research and references in the study of political science. As you progress through these engaging lessons, you'll take a look at the methods for conducting political science research, measuring public opinion and debating public issues. When you're finished, you should be equipped to:
- Identify sources of political science research
- Describe the design of survey studies
- Discuss the functions of debate and decision-making in regard to public issues
- Analyze public issues
- Explain how public opinion is measured
These lessons highlight important definitions, and they're taught by expert political science instructors who use a simplified teaching style. When you're finished with each lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to check your understanding of the material. Use any computer or mobile device to study, and use the Ask the Expert feature if you have any questions.
1. 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.
2. Survey Study: Definition & Design
Although most of us know what a survey is, many do not know all the tools necessary to create a survey that will yield quality data. In this lesson, you will learn about such tools.
3. Public Issues: Debate & Decision-Making
There are many issues that affect us all, so how do we decide the best way to deal with them? In this lesson, we'll examine the value of public debates and explore ways to evaluate various perspectives.
4. Methods of Analyzing Public Issues
In this lesson, learn about public issues and examine the different resources and sources of information that you can use to analyze them. Also, examine some considerations about the credibility of the information you might find.
5. The Measurement of Public Opinion
Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the measurement of public opinion, including the development and use of opinion polling.
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