The Foundations Of Social Research

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The Foundations of Social Research Introduction Discussion Notes There are many things I enjoyed about this chapter as it was eye-opening in regards to the epistemological frameworks used when doing research. This chapter forced me to examine what I believe about research, while also recognizing how much more I have to learn. I particularly enjoyed the focus on three epistemological frameworks, and had a difficult time establishing which of the three I preferred and why. I found myself wavering between each of the three stances when viewing them from different disciplines, but found that overall I seem to lean towards objectivism. I prefer objectivism in that “things exist as meaningful entities independently of consciousness and…show more content…
Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom Ch. 1 Discussion Notes 1. Practitioners a) Those who are not trained primarily in research methodology. 2. Action Research a) Practitioner-based research. Research that is done by teachers, administrators, or other school professionals in order to gather information about how their school operates. 3. Tradition a) Ways one has behaved previously. 4. Authority a) The use of expert opinions and information. 5. Common Sense a) The use of human reasoning to solve a problem or answer a question. 6. Scientific Method a) A strategy used to answer questions and solve problems. 7. Educational Research a) Application of the scientific method to educational topics, questions or phenomena. 8. Science a) Uses perceived reality to determine beliefs. 9. Pseudoscience a) Uses beliefs to determine perceived reality. 10. Quantitative Research Methodologies a) The collection and analysis of numerical data. 11. Qualitative Research Methodologies a) The collection and analysis of narrative data. 12. Deductive Reasoning a) Reasoning where the conclusion is based on multiple premises that are assumed to be true. 13. Inductive Reasoning a) Multiple premises are combined to obtain a conclusion. 14. Variables a) Factors that may affect the outcome of the study. 15. Hypotheses a) Predicted outcomes 16. Research Questions a) A core
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