Section 3 | Research


Fundamentals of Social Research

Adam J. McKee, Ph.D.


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Variables and Hypotheses

Science attempts to discover patterns in a reality that often seems chaotic.  Even from the most ancient times, people have attempted to describe patterns in the world around them.  Ancient peoples noted the changes of the season, changes in the phase of the moon, changes in the tide. They also noted that these things (and many others) changed in a regular pattern.  In the sciences, things that change and have different values from time to time or from person to person are called variables.

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