Project #49803 - Social Research

Directions: Please provide responses to questions below.  Please use proper APA citation for any resources that you use.  Your responses should be 1 to 2 paragraphs in length for each question.

 

1.      In qualitative research, an important first step in the research process is to “acknowledge the social self.”  Why is this step important for qualitative research, but not quantitative research?

 

2.      There are several alternative sources of knowledge (authority, tradition, personal experience) to social research.  Explain how social research attempts to overcome the shortcomings of these alternative sources of knowledge.

 

3.      What is the scientific community’s role in the production of knowledge?  How do the norms of this social institution play a part in this role?

 

4.      One source of knowledge is personal experience.  Is personal experience flawed with illusions?  If so, how?  If not, how does personal experience stand up to the rigors of social research?

 

5.      Briefly describe each of the steps involved in conducting a research project, both quantitative and qualitative.  Discuss why the steps are “fixed” and the resulting implications for a person doing research.

 

6.      Explain the process of publishing new knowledge in a scholarly journal.

 

7.      Explain the differences between exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory research.

 

8.      Identify five differences between basic and applied research.

 

9.      How does action-oriented research differ from social impact assessment?

 

10.    Both summative and formative evaluation can be used in evaluation research.  What does each do?  Explain PPBS and its origins.  Why is PPBS a type of evaluation research?

 

11.    What are some potential problems with cost-benefit analysis?  Why is it used?

 

12.    Discuss how scientists produce knowledge.  Specifically, address instrumental and reflexive knowledge.  How does each have a place in the development of knowledge?  How does the audience affect the production of knowledge?

 

13.    Explain the basic difference between quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.  How do quantitative and qualitative methods differ in terms of how data is collected?

 

14.    Discuss the three types of longitudinal research methods.  When is each method an appropriate choice of data collection?  Discuss the difficulties of each method.

 

15.    The social scientist must always be aware of the audience of his or her research when conducting social research.  Discuss the complexities of a researcher’s autonomy in commissioned social research.  What are some of the issues surrounding commissioned research?

 

 

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