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WGU-SSC1 ch1

Western Governor's University, General Education Social Science, chapter 1

DefinitionKey Term
A method of research consisting of a detailed, long-term investigation. case study
A generalized idea about people, objects, or processes that are related to one another; an abstract way of classifying things that are similar. concept
A survey of a broad spectrum of population at a specific point in time. cross-section
An attitude of the scientific method in the social sciences, requiring that scientists not pass moral judgment on their feelings. ethical neutrality
A method of research in which the researcher controls and manipulates variables in one group to test the effects of an independent variable on a dependent variable. experiemnt
A tentative statement, in clearly defined terms, predicting a relationship between variables. hypothesis
A survey that continues over a long period, engaging in contrasts and comparisons. longitudinal
A principle of the scientific method, especially in the social sciences, requiring researchers to divest themseleves of personal attitudes, desires, beliefs, values, and tendencies, when confronting their data. objectivity
A method of research in which researchers try to take part in the lives of the members of the group under analysis, sometimes with out revealing their purposes. participant observation
In the social sciences, a statistical concept referring to the totality of phenomena under investigation(e.g., all college students enrolled in four-year private universities). population
An aspect of scientific methodology that bolsters and complements theories, in the social sciences, four fundamental formats are used: the sample survey, the case study, the experiment, and the paricipant observation. research
A method of research consisting of an attempt to determine the occurrence of a particular act or opinion in a particular act or opinion in a particular sample of people. sample survey
A set of concepts arranged so as to explain and/or predict possible and probable relationships. theory
Factors whose relationships researchers try to uncover; characteristics that differ (vary) in each individual case. variables
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