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Research Methods- Part 4


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Consent
One ethical consideration is that all participants must have OPENLY agreed to take part
Confidentiality
One ethical consideration is that all participants and their actions must stay private
No Harm
One ethical consideration is that participants should not be psychologically harmed by the research process
No Deception
One Ethical consideration is that researchers should be HONEST about the study and its implications
Prestidge
Sociologists may chose a topic based on what subjects are 'In Vogue' and likely to make them renowed and famous within their circles
Operationalising
Term which means making ideas and concepts MEASURABLE. For Example democracy is hard to measure, so to operationalise it sociologists could look at the accessibility to polling booths or frequency of elections
Pilot Study
Small scale piece of research used as a practice run. Can use these to test the accuracy of questions and test how interviewers ask their questions