Research Methods The Basics
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An approach to social research which tries to understand human action through the eyes of those acting.
An approach to social research which aims to be as close to the natural sciences as possible.
Includes such things as funding, ease of access to respondents, and the personal skills and characteristics of the researcher.
Data collected first hand by the researcher herself.
Considering how the research impacts on those involved with the research process. Includes such things as informed consent, ensure confidentiality, and legality.
Information that appears in written, visual or audio form, such as transcripts of interviews, newspapers and web sites.
Refers to information that appears in numerical form, or in the form of statistics.
The extent to which someone else can repeat the same research with the same population and achieve the same results
Where the research sample reflects the characteristics of the wider target population that is being studied.
Data that has been collected by previous researchers or organisations such as the government.
The process of selection a section of the population to take part in social research.
Includes validity, reliability, representativeness and whether research is being carried out from a Positivist or Interpretivist point of view.
The extent to which research provides a true picture of what is really 'out there' in the world.
A German word meaning to 'understand in a deep way' - trying to understand someone 'empathetically', seeing the world through their eyes.
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