The relationship between sampling methodology and the scientific principle of generalizability

Questions:

1) What is informed consent and why is it necessary to the sociological research process? (Should be around 125 words long (full paragraph)).

2) How do sociologists select the appropriate research method to answer their research question? (Should be around 125 words long (full paragraph)).

3) Carry out each of the 3 following steps. (a) Ask a sociological research question followed by a hypothesis. Be sure to ask a sociological question about social variables (think race, class, gender, age, etc) and ask how they relate to each other. It cannot be a yes/no question – you may want to review the lecture on methods and questions before completing this question. (b) Identify the independent and dependent variables in your question. (c) Explain which research method you think would be best to test your hypothesis, and why it would actually be able to answer your question. (Should be roughly 150 words long (long paragraph)).

4) Explain the relationship between sampling methodology and the scientific principle of generalizability. (Should be about 125 words long (a full paragraph)).

5) In the example discussed on page 22, is the relationship between higher education and higher earnings a causal one, a correlation, or a spurious relationship? How could this be determined? (Should be about 125 words long (a full paragraph)).

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