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    Four Different Types of Research Methods within Sociology

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    Define and discuss the four different types of research methods within sociology when conducting research for hypothesis testing or theories. Provide an example for how each type of research method may be used.

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    The realm of sociology currently outlines four different types of research methods when conducting research for hypothesis or theories. According to Macionis (2011), these four research methods of sociological investigation are experiments, surveys, participant observations, and the use of existing sources (p.22).

    An experiment is defined as setting a left and right limit with stated results for either a group or sets of groups to gather data. For example, one might establish two groups to ...

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    This solution defines and describes the four different types of research methods used in sociology for hypothesis/theory testing, namely: experiments, surveys, participant observations, and the use of existing sources. It also provides an example for how each type of research method may be used.

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