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Sociology & the Scientific Method: Crash Course Sociology #3

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Sociology & the Scientific Method: Crash Course Sociology #3


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What puts the “science” in social science? Today we’ll explore positivist sociology and how sociologists use empirical evidence to explore questions about the social world. We’ll also introduce two alternatives: interpretative sociology and critical sociology.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9-12
2 ) Explain methods and tools of research used by sociologists to study human society, including surveys, polls, statistics, demographic information, case studies, participant observations, and program evaluations.

•  Differentiating between qualitative and quantitative research methods
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Strand: Elective
Course Title: Sociology
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Describe the different research methods used by sociologists.
  • Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • surveys
  • polls
  • statistics
  • demographic information
  • case studies
  • participant observations
  • program evaluations
  • qualitative research
  • quantitative research
Students know:
  • The methods for collecting qualitative and quantitative data.
  • How sociologists use the scientific method differently and similarly to other social scientists.
  • How to calculate and interpret simple statistics related to sociological research methodologies.
Students are able to:
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research demonstrations.
  • Describe different research methodologies used by sociologists.
  • Compute simple statistical calculations using data collected in ways that mirror methods used by sociologists.
Students understand that:
  • It is important to use scientific methodology to study sociological phenomena.
  • There are specific steps for collecting and interpreting data using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • There are differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Tags: empirical data, mean, median, qualitative research, quantitative research
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Author: Ginger Boyd