Task 1: 1. The research methods knowledge database is a database of generalized topics about performing social research. These vary from how to collect data, who to collect data from, where to collect the data, etc. a. What is the difference between qualitative data and quantitative data?
How do you determine what type of data to collect?
Can your topic be represented by solid numbers, or is it based on opinion? 2. Quantitative because the data given is concrete and generalizations like mean and mode can easily be identified. 3. Quantitative data is easily compiled into something meaningful because it is based on concrete data. On the other hand, qualitative data is presented in a raw form and needs…show more content… The first section talks about first establishing the cause and effect relationship that you are going to be testing. By determining the cause and effect relationship that you intend to test, so that an outsider can test its validity based on your intended cause and effect, and the realized cause and effect. The following section talks about single groups, more in particular about threats of a single group to your cause and effect. It talks about 6 threats to single groups, including history threats, maturation threats, testing threats, instrumentation threats, mortality threats and regression threats, and gives good examples on how these threats may appear in your data. It then moves on to talk about multiple group threats, and how it relates to selection bias or selection threats. It describes and gives concrete examples of six types of multiple group threats, which include including selection-history threats, selection-maturation threats, selection-testing threats, selecting-instrumentation threats, selection-mortality threats and selection-regression threats. Lastly, this section talks about social interaction threats as it relates to validity. It identifies and gives examples for four social threats, which are diffusion or imitation treatment, compensatory rivalry, resentful demoralization, and compensatory equalization of treatment. The reason that I