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When doing social science research, do you think identifying the problem should come...

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cookiefoo | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM via web

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When doing social science research, do you think identifying the problem should come first, with support for it afterwards, or vice versa?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM (Answer #1)

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I believe that a person who is setting out to do social science research needs to identify the problem that they are interested in first and then take on the task of supporting the problem that they have picked.  The reason for this is that the researcher must be deeply interested in the problem that they pick.  The researcher should be thinking about what sorts of problems interest them because there is no way to successfully do serious research without being very interested in the subject.  Therefore, researchers should pick problems to research and then determine whether they are truly researchable.  If they are not, the researcher should move on to the next problem that is of interest and try again.

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