This lesson will define and discuss hypotheses (independent and dependent variables), sampling, and snowball sampling as they pertain to sociological research. Max Weber's ideas of value-free and value-relevant research will also be addressed.
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An acknowledgment that our values guide us to our research topics; we study what we find valuable and interesting.
Research must be objective and should not be biased by our values, principles, or beliefs.
A characteristic such as age, education, income, married, or single that can vary throughout the population.
Commonly known as an educated guess; a statement about how two or more variables are related.
The cause of the change, or what drives the change in the dependent variable.
The effect of the change.
A smaller group of subjects that ideally represents the larger population as a whole.
A sampling technique where initial subjects are found through acquaintances, and later subjects are found through acquaintances of acquaintances.