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Research Methods I - Lecture 1 - Research, what is it (good for)?
 

Research Methods I - Lecture 1 - Research, what is it (good for)?

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The first lecture in a freshman course on pluralistic approaches to research methodology.

The first lecture in a freshman course on pluralistic approaches to research methodology.

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  • Hand out red and green cards for polling. Tell them to bring them to the next lectures as well.
  • For course structure, don’tforgettomention the logic betweenlecturesandtutorials, and the link thisimpliesfor reading the literature as well.Alsomention ‘At the CuttingEdge: Research in Practice’ (first session is upcomingTuesday) – see course manual.
  • For house rules, address at least these points:AttendanceElectronic equipment in classContacting me or your tutor (if that’s not also me)  see the course manualFor assessment, mention at least:WeightingDeadlinesExplain basic idea for each assignmentHave them check the course manual about naming the documents for digital submissionBefore you go on to the next slide, gather practical questions that students may still have.
  • Before you go on to the next slide, take some time to gather questions that students have about substantive issues (specific concepts, things that were unclear in the book, etc.). Also ask about things that they would specifically like to learn more about today.Answer those questions directly or address them during the rest of the class.
  • Do a quick in-class poll first.Who started this course thinking it would be boring?Who still thinks it will be boring?Of those who still think that, who of you are willing to give it an honest try?Because the academic way to try and make the world a better place is through creating a critical, and hopefully better understanding of the world in all its facets. Solve actual problems, or fundamentally understand a phenomenon better.Research is what we call the process of creating this ‘better understanding’.We look at things very closely, and systematically, and try to be transparent and unbiased in doing so.We offer a good analysis based on that very close look.In doing so, we hope to expand the knowledge we have.
  • Knowledge that is not known in the wider world; not just unknown to you.
  • Nomothetic: natural sciences, quantitative social sciencesIdiographic: humanities, qualitative social sciences
  • Examples of variables in a study may include age, gender and socioeconomic status.
  • Interval: blood pressure, IQ, time to bike to UCM

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