An Invitation to Social Research: How It's Done by Emily Stier Adler, Roger Clark

By Emily Stier Adler, Roger Clark

This e-book presents balanced assurance of quantitative and qualitative tools of social study with a distinct "behind the scenes" technique: Chapters are outfitted on focal study items and excerpts from actual learn initiatives, and so they current the insights and views of staff engaging in real-world study. The booklet courses readers in the course of the many levels of social research--from determining a researchable query and designing a learn to choosing the proper approach to info research for a selected study--and prepares them for the moral matters and difficulties that they could face alongside the way in which.

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The three conditions that must exist before we can say an independent variable “causes” a dependent variable are, then: 1. that the two variables are associated in fact. In the case of the fires, this would mean showing that fires that drew many firefighters actually had more damage than other fires. This is the condition of empirical association. 2. that the independent variable, in fact, precedes, or at least doesn’t come after, the dependent variable. In the case of the fires, this would mean showing that fire damage never came before the arrival of the firefighters.

It would seem that Donohue and Levitt’s research at least passes the time-order test: that the “cause” (abortions, subsequent to Roe v. Wade) comes before the “effect” (a decline in crime rates in the 1990s). In this case, however, there can remain doubt about whether the “right” time “before” has been specified. Donohue and Levitt, in their sophisticated statistical analysis, make very plausible guesses about appropriate time “lags,” or periods over which abortion will have its greatest effects on crime, but even they can’t be sure that their “lags” are exactly right.

1 Examples of Applied Research Examples of Basic Research Here are just a few examples of applied research some of our graduates have done or are planning to do: Here are three more examples of basic research that former students and current colleagues have done: “When I worked for the Department of Children, Youth, and Their families, we conducted a survey of foster parents to see what they thought of foster care and the agency’s services. ” Graduate employed by a state Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families Paul Khalil Saucier (2008) conducted fieldwork in Greater Boston from 2007 to 2008 to explore ways in which second-generation Cape Verdean youth negotiate their identity as Cape Verdean and as black.

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