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puzzle 2 - methods
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Sociology
07/06/2011

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participant observation
Definition
research method in which the investigator systematically observes people while joining in their routine activities and conducting interviews
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validity
Definition
precision in measuring exactly that which one intends to measure
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independent
Definition
the variable that causes change in another variable
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interview
Definition
a series of questions that a researcher administers in person to respondents
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experiment
Definition
a systematic controlled examination of cause and effect
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reliability
Definition
consistency in measurement
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research method
Definition
systematic plan for conducting research
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spurious
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relating to a correlation, an apparent, although false, relationship between two or more variables caused by another variable
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quantitative
Definition
numerical data collection
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variable
Definition
concept whose value changes from case to case
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correlation
Definition
relationship by which two or more variables change together
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cause and effect
Definition
relationship in which change in one variable causes change in the other
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qualitative
Definition
research involving impressions and understandings
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dependent
Definition
variable changed by another variable
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survey
Definition
research method in which subjects respond to a series of statements or questions in a questionnaire or interview