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Deductive/Inductive Reasoning

Core definition

Types of reasoning often used to ground various approaches to social science research. Deductive reasoning moves from general theory down to particular examples, while inductive reasoning moves from particular examples up to general theory.

Longer explanation

In social science research, methods that rely on deductive reasoning start with a theory, which is narrowed ...

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