This book helps students understand the use of specialist vocabulary and terminology of educational and social science research. The author explores the ways in which research terminology is used, and shows students how to use specialist research terminology appropriately, how to understand the meaning of research terms, and how to disseminate research in a style which is clear and easily understood.

The Scientific Method

Chapter objectives

This chapter will help you to:

  • Understand the nature of the scientific method.
  • Analyse the concept of social science.
  • Appreciate some of the principal themes and ideas of social science.

Terms used

The following terms are discussed in this chapter: antipositivism; causal variable; dependent variable; descriptive statistics; emic; etic; experimental ...

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