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Sociological Research Methods - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll study the positive, interpretive and critical approaches to sociological research before diving in to in-depth lessons on types of research design. These fun and fast video lessons introduce you to true experimental design, ethnography and the pros and cons of quantitative and qualitative research. By the end of the chapter, you'll know how to interpret correlations and assess a research study's quality. Topics covered in this series of lessons include:
- Purposes of sociological research
- Research design methodologies
- Study of cultural phenomena
- Differences between qualitative and quantitative research
- Validity and reliability of a study
Professional instructors teach these lessons and offer a flexible learning environment. You can learn about sociological research at any time that fits your schedule and from any location, using your mobile device. These lessons are accompanied by self-assessment quizzes to verify your comprehension of each topic as well as transcripts in case you prefer to read along with the videos.
1. Types of Research Design
There are questions to be answered in all areas of psychology. How are these questions answered by professionals in the field? This lesson covers several different options researchers can use to approach such questions.
2. True Experimental Design
Experiments are the classic way to conduct research in almost any field of study. But do you know how true experiments really work? This lesson explains the details of experimental design, such as different types of samples, control groups and independent vs. dependent variables.
3. What Is Ethnography? - Studying Cultural Phenomena
Researchers use various methods to answer questions. Some questions cannot be answered through quantitative measures; they are best addressed through qualitative research methods, such as ethnography. This lesson will discuss the defining qualities, methods, and uses of ethnography.
4. Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research
In this lesson, we identify the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social sciences. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
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