method of evaluating casual relationships in which only the concept of interest varies
method of systemically asking a prescribed set of questions to a large number of people
method of directly observing the behavior in question
collect information through long, semi structured interviews
-strength is that it has an inherent flexibility (go where ever the interview takes you!)
examination of pre-existing information, such as books, official records, images and people's correspondence
Bringing it Together
when reading research, think about the method used, what its weakness are, and whether the conclusions are appropriate given the method employed.
do no harm to participants
-obtain informed consent from particular individual.
-should know prior to data collection that they are part of a study.
-no deception of participants
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