Scientific Method Matrix

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Scientific Method Matrix

Research is a primary component of sociology. Valid and relevant sociological research is dependent upon a commitment to applying the scientific method in a systematic and organized way in order to ensure maximum objectivity and consistency in research. Complete the following matrix based on a social problem of your choice. The matrix will serve as a guide for creating a preliminary plan for the basic steps of the scientific method.

Scientific Method Matrix
|Social problem | | | | | |Identify a social problem of your | | |choice. | | |Problem definition | | | | | |A problem statement is often written as | | |a research question. Limit the problem | | |statement to one sentence. | | | | | |Example: Does going to college worth the| | |time and money? | | |Operational definition | | | | | |Develop operational definitions for two | | |abstract concepts in the problem | | |statement that you believe are | | |measurable and subject to change under | | |different conditions. Create the | | |operational definitions so another | | |researcher can understand and assess | | |your definition of the abstract | | |concepts. Limit your definitions to one | | |sentence each. | | | | | |Example: For purposes of this study, |...
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