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action research

action research  

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Learning by doing. A particular type of applied research that often involves researchers and practitioners working closely together, in which a group of people identifies a problem, does something to ...
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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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2002
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A research method that engages in the close, detailed examination of a single example or phenomenon. In some instances, it

case-history

case-history  

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A sociological method analogous to medical case-histories, tracing the career of a phenomenon through one example or many, which enables comparative and longitudinal analysis. The extended history of ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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2007

The study of a single example of something for its own sake (e.g. the study of the life of a famous sportsperson) or as an exemplar or paradigm of a general phenomenon....

Chicago School

Chicago School  

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A name applied to sociologists at the University of Chicago's Department of Sociology in the first half of the 20th century (especially the 1920s and 1930s), whose pioneering and often qualitative ...
comparative government

comparative government  

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The systematic study of the government of more than one country. One of the main subdivisions of the study of politics. Until recently, however, it was usually very unsystematic. Much of what passed ...
ethnography

ethnography  

The scientific study of customs, habits, and behavior of specified groups of people, usually applied to tribes or clans of people in nonliterate societies.
experiment

experiment  

A scientific study in which the investigator deliberately alters some of the conditions of whatever is being observed in order to study the effects of making the alteration(s).
fieldwork

fieldwork  

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Research conducted by social scientists among specific groups or communities, although its classic and strongest reference is to long-term anthropological research in face-to-face settings. As the ...
method

method  

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A strategy, activity, or procedure for teaching or supporting learning. Some common teaching methods include: lecture or exposition, group discussion, case study, demonstration and practice, role ...
personal documents

personal documents  

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These are documents, used in social science, which record part of a person's life—most frequently in their own words. The most obvious examples are letters, diaries, biographies and life-histories, ...
representativeness

representativeness  

A measure of how typical a particular site is of the ecosystem it represents. Highly typical or representative sites are generally regarded highly when considered for selection as nature reserves.
research ethics

research ethics  

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The application of moral rules and professional codes of conduct to the collection, analysis, reporting, and publication of information about research subjects, in particular active acceptance of ...
Schreber case

Schreber case  

A virtuosic case study in psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), entitled ‘Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia (Dementia Paranoides)’ (1911, Standard ...
single-case design

single-case design  

Another name for a case study.
thick description

thick description  

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Intensive, small-scale, dense descriptions of social life from observation, through which broader cultural interpretations and generalizations can be made. The term was introduced in the ...

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