Category Archive for: Sociological research methods

Strengths and Weaknesses of Experiments

Strengths and Weaknesses of Experiments The major advantage of the controlled experiment is the researcher’s control over the environment and the ability to isolate the experimental variable. Because many experiments require relatively little time and money and can be conducted with limited numbers of subjects, it is possible for researchers to replicate an experiment several times by using different groups of subjects.…

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Researchers acknowledge

Researchers acknowledge  that experiments have the additional problem of reactivity-the tendency of subjects to change their behavior ill response to the researcher or to the fact that they know they are being studied. This problem was first noted in a study conducted between 1927 and 1932 by the social psychologist Elton Mayo, who used a series of experiments to determine how…

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The ASA Code of Ethics The American Sociological Association (ASA) Code of Ethics (1997) sets forth certain basic standards that sociologists must follow in conducting research: t. Researchers must endeavor to maintain objectivity • and integrity in their research by disclosing their research findings in full and including all possible interpretations of the data (even those interpretations that do not support their…

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Multiple Methods: Triangulation

Multiple Methods: Triangulation What is the best method for studying a particular topic? How can we get accurate answers to questions about suicide and other important social concerns? The Concept Quick Review compares the various social research methods. There is no one best research method because of the “complexity of social reality and the limitations of all research methodologies’ (Snow and…

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Ethical issues in Sociological Research

Ethical issues in Sociological Research The study of people (“human subjects”) raises vital questions about ethical concerns in sociological research. Beginning in the 1960s. the U.S. government set up regulations for “the protection of human subjects.” Because of scientific ~buses in the past. researchers arc now mandated to weigh the societal benefits of research against the potential physical and emotional costs to participants.…

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