Basic Concepts in the Methodology of the Social Sciences

Basic Concepts in the Methodology of the Social Sciences

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Considerations of validity that are central to all disciplines in the social sciences are discussed, and concepts that are an essential part of the intellectual equipment of the social sciences researcher are systematically analyzed. Fundamental methodological concepts underlying decisions made in the research process are highlighted to encourage a more critical attitude on the part of the researcher. This document consists of three sections. Part 1 consists of seven chapters, which discuss the basic concepts of methodology in the social sciences: (1) the definition of social sciences research; (2) research design--problem formulation; (3) research design, conceptualization, and operationalization; (4) data collection; (5) analysis and interpretation; (6) central constructs in the research process; and (7) perspectives on qualitative and quantitative research. Part 2 provides guidelines for writing research proposals and research reports. Part 3 provides case studies; it includes three papers highlighting the most important methodological principles discussed in preceding sections. The appended papers include: (1) qA Sociological Analysis of Medical Encounters of Aged Persons at an Outpatient Centre: A Qualitative Approachq (Monica Ferreira); (2) qA Typology of Value Orientationsq (Dian Joubert); and (3) qHuman Factors in Stope Productivity--A Field Experimentq (K. F. Mauer and A. C. Lawrence). (SLD)There are, for example, a number of different types of research grants that are made by an organization such as the Human Sciences Research Council such as ad hoc grants, grants ... It is also possible to submit research proposals to certain government departments for financial or other support. ... Fortunately, literature on this topic is available as indicated in the reference list at the end of this chapter.

Title:Basic Concepts in the Methodology of the Social Sciences
Author: Johann Mouton, H. C. Marais
Publisher:HSRC Press - 1988

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