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Examine the factors that influence a sociologist choice of research method

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Examine the factors that influence a sociologist choice of research method They are various ways and methods sociologists use to research on society. These can come as a quantitative research method or it could come as a qualitative research methods. Firstly, I would begin by annotating the meaning behind the words, qualitative and quantitative. Quantitative methods are basically used by people that support the use of scientific investigation. Its usually includes numerical statistical methods. Its purpose is to expand and utilize mathematical techniques, conjecture and hypotheses. In contrast to this we got the qualitative research methods. This is usually used by sociologist that supports the use of humanistic research. In contrast to quantitative methods, qualitative research methods depend on the in depth reasons behind the way some people in society behave. ...read more.


> Surveys that resort to structured interviews can cover great group of people with restricted resources because they are moderately cheap to administer however they cannot match the huge numbers reached by postal questionnaire. > Questionnaire and interviews collect straight forward factual information > Questionnaire results are quantitative because they are closed-ended questions with coded answers. This makes them suitable for hypothesis- testing. Some times there are specific factors could cause problems amongst certain research methods. Such as: * Time~ Questionnaires would be more time consuming while the workload of surveys can be shared by a team * Money~ researchers need an income and costs large scale. Social surveys are more high-priced than small focus groups. * Characteristics and skills of the research some situations may be risky and not all sociologist could cope handle this, a woman may have difficulty doing P.O in a monastery access and opportunity. ...read more.


Is it morally correct that someone should be studied and researched on without consent or acknowledgement of such thing? The law is that undercover research can only be approved as long as there is no other alternative that is available. Posivists like their research to be scientific whereas where Interprevists like to get into the shoes and go through the situation. Feminists, Ann Oakley decides her choice of methods and topic according to her own experience of childhood and motherhood. As a feminist she avoided methods which she descried as having a male-stream bias (positivism). She selected the more qualitative and intimate methods of unstructured interviews and participant observation. She deems that the commission of sociology is to include the lives of the respondents. Thank you for reading my essay, Maria Okpaloafe ?? ?? ?? ?? Maria Okpaloafe Sociology AS ...read more.

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