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Research Methods Introduction

Research Methods is a compulsory component in all A-level (and many other) Sociology courses a...

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Collecting Data

This is the process of gathering the information for your study/research. In this computer-bas...

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Correlation vs Causality

A correlation exists when there appears to be a dependent relationship between two variables. ...

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Data Analysis

Data analysis involves looking at the raw data you have collected in your research with the ai...

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Field Experiments

Most people will be familiar with the notion of an 'experiment' from their Science lessons at ...

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Interviews: structured and unstructured

Interviews are a widely used method in Sociology and we can think of them as existing along a ...

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Naturalistic Experiment

A naturalistic experiment is an experiment that some sociologists refer to as a 'quasi-experim...

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Participant Observation

Observation is typically favoured by interactionist sociologists who seek to gain 'verstehen' ...

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Sampling Techniques

Sampling is the process by which a researcher takes a smaller group from the target population...

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The Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne Effect is a situation where an individual or group of people know they are being...

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The Scientific Method

The scientific method in Sociology sets out to be a systematic and objective way of investigat...

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Using Statistics

Statistics are the collection and analysis of (typically) large amounts of quantitative data....

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Validity and Reliability

Many students get a little muddled initially by these two concepts and so it may be helpful, a...

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Writing a Research Question

Writing a clear and measureable research question is a task which can take a considerable amou...

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