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hollyxjay
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Does anyone have any good methods to remembering all the research methods as well as the pro's and con's? Covert and Overt are the only two that I can remember. I have a mock on Monday and I have a feeling they are probably the two that wont come up since they are the ones I know. Even if you just have a way of remembering all the methods and then I will wing the pro's and con's
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There isn't much to it - just within each research method there's one that's really restrictive and one that is open and free.

For example, Experiments:

Lab experiment - closed
Pros: reliable, can see the effect of cause and effect, can control all variables
Cons: closed environment, artificiality - not true to real life

Field experiment - open
Pros: natural results are taken note of, happens in a realistic environment
Cons: risks of the Hawthorne effect (or social desirability, I think hawthorne is the term we use in Sociology), Cannot control all variables, ethical issues (inform consent needed - can't do that because it'll ruin the experiment)


Then there are questionnaires (open- and closed-ended questions)
Interviews (structured and unstructured)
And just think of the other research methods like that I guess.

Always think of the practical, ethical and theoretical pros and cons of each method.

Hope this helps!
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(Original post by thecatwithnohat)
There isn't much to it - just within each research method there's one that's really restrictive and one that is open and free.

For example, Experiments:

Lab experiment - closed
Pros: reliable, can see the effect of cause and effect, can control all variables
Cons: closed environment, artificiality - not true to real life

Field experiment - open
Pros: natural results are taken note of, happens in a realistic environment
Cons: risks of the Hawthorne effect (or social desirability, I think hawthorne is the term we use in Sociology), Cannot control all variables, ethical issues (inform consent needed - can't do that because it'll ruin the experiment)


Then there are questionnaires (open- and closed-ended questions)
Interviews (structured and unstructured)
And just think of the other research methods like that I guess.

Always think of the practical, ethical and theoretical pros and cons of each method.

Hope this helps!
Brilliant! Thank you so much for the help
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DanE1998
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I have uploaded my research presentation to my website here:
http://dansprojects.co.uk/sociology-resources/

click research methods and it will download

That may help you
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