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Demonstrating the Social Science Inquiry Method Name (s) : 1. A question, issue, or problem

Demonstrating the Social Science Inquiry Method

Name (s) :

1.

A question, issue, or problem arises

You have a new teacher: Mr. Dedato. It has been four days and you don’t know much about him yet. Specifically, you do not know whether he gives much homework or not.

First step, generate a question:

2.

Clarify the work

The social scientist thinks about the complexity of the problem and tries to focus on what is key. What is already known is recorded.

3.

Formulate a working hypothesis

The initial question, issue, or problem is reworded into a working hypothesis – an unproven temporary explanation or theory that is based on known facts and can be used as a basis for future investigation (See pg. 123, 414)

4.

Collect data

Data can come in many forms, including questionnaires, surveys, statistics or personal interviews (See pg. 152, 190, 223).

*Hint: Google “Mr. Dedato” and visit the other courses on my website.

5.

Assemble and analyze data

Social scientists organize, tally, chart, code, and/or statistically analyze the data collected (See pg. 247, 280, 319).

6.

Crossroads

At this point, two big questions must be answered carefully:

 

- Is there enough useful data? If not, go back to step 4.

- Has the hypothesis been proven? If not, go back to step 3.

7.

Present the results and generalize

Social scientists report their results and draw conclusions. They attempt to relate their findings to other similar situations and make clear the limitations of their investigation (See pg. 409, 414)

*Attach a typed up paragraph, including each of the following pieces of information: An introductory set of sentences featuring your research question and hypothesis, some of your most persuasive evidence (at least three pieces), and a summary conclusion detailing whether your hypothesis has been proven or not.