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Summary The practice of social research

- Earl Babbie
ISBN-10 1133050093 ISBN-13 9781133050094
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  • 1 Science and Social Research

  • Which types of empirical research are there?
    Descriptive
    • When it is measurable
    Explanatory
    • Cause--> effect 
  • Which types of research questions are there?
    Normative
    Conceptual
    Empirical
  • What is a normative question?
    What should we do
  • What is a conceptual question?
    What is the meaning of the case
  • What is a empirical question?
    What is the case.
  • What is a research question?
    It formulates the subject, units, variables and setting of what you go to research
  • Design and (cycle of) decision-making
    1. Problem & need analyses (How big is the problem/what are its causes?)
    2. Find & Design options (Which options have been used by others)
    3. Ex ante options evaluations (Can we expect the option to work?)
    4. Choice
    5. Implementation (Did we do as planned? Process evaluation)
    6. Ex post choice evaluation (Did the selected option have the expected outcome? Outcome evaluation)
  • What is a Conceptual question?
    What is the meaning of the case?
    (What is poverty?)
  • What is a empirical question?
    What is the case?
    Descriptive (What is the percentage of people who think that the government should reduce poverty?)

    Explanatory (Does wealth make people think that the government should not be responsible for reducing the poverty?)
  • What is a Setting?
    A setting is the place/location etc. where the units of the RQ are.
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