Sociological Research

Read this chapter for a review of sociological research. As you read each section, consider the following topics:

  • Take note of the bold terms throughout the chapter.
  • Take some time to study Figure 1 and the accompanying text, which outline the scientific process of studying sociology.
  • Take note of the differences in scientific approaches to studying sociology, including surveys, field research, participant observation, ethnographies, case studies, experiments, and secondary data analysis.
  • Take note of the code of ethics and think about how these ethical standards are vital to conducting research about human subjects.