Social Science Questions

     1.  The distinction between quantitative and qualitative data in social research is essentially the distinction between

a.philosophy and religion.
b.good data and less good data.
c.useful data and less useful data.
d.numerical and nonnumerical data.
e.philosophy and numbers

2.  The study of social science is interested in ______ patterns, and not ______ ones.

a.individual; social; individual
c.aggregate: social aggregate
e.individual; aggregate

3.  Beginning with a specific set of observations and using them to create a theory to explain what was observed is:

a.inductive theory
b.deductive theory
c.deterministic theory
d.string theory
   4. According to Barbara Jeanne Fields, “Race is not an idea but a(n)____ that came into existence at a specific point in history. A.    Reason B.    Ideology C.    Syndrome D.    Science     5.       Barbara Jeanne Fields argues that race is: A.    A biological reality B.    A social construct C.    Reproduced only   in the past D.    All of the above        6. In social science research we often employ concepts based on preconceived notions that are taken for granted, but many of these concepts are problematic and need to be examined. One such concept is “race.” Drawing from Barbara Field’s article, explain why it is important to be critical when utilizing this concept for social science research.

Session 2.

1.Using Popper’s notion of falsification, make an argument in favor of the proposition that Carol Stack falsifies a major contention in Moynihan’s report.

Session 3

1.  What research question is McLeod trying to address in his study? 

2.  What research methods does he employ to collect data for this study?

3.  How does McLeod see social structure and culture coming together to determine class position?

4. How do the experiences and orientations toward school differ between the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers?