A Research Primer for the Social and Behavioral Sciences by Miriam Schapiro Grosof

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They include these: 1. The element of genuine curiosity should be present as motivation for the researcher. 2. A comprehensive theoretical basis for the question should be developed. 3. The ans wer (s) to the question should represent an original contribution to knowledge. ) 4. The study as formulated must be systematically replicable. 5. The practical aspects of study procedure must be evaluated. 6. The usefulness of expected findings should be weighed against costs. 7. The political and ethical realities should be recognized and weighed.

A serious study of responses to the stresses of graduate work is Mechanic (1978). The article "Colleges Called Major Culprits in Thesis Delay" (New York Times, March 8, 1983, p. Cl) may also be of interest. Additional Reading For further reading on how to find a problem and formulate it, we recommend: Polya (1945, 1954): problem solving in the best tradition. " Hammond (1964): ancedotal; description of genesis of several well-known studies and modifications along the way. Bell and Encel (1978): more ancedotal material on social research projects.

If you feel that you must reassess your personal and professional goals, remember that research is a high-risk endeavor in that there is no guarantee in advance that any particular problem will yield a satisfactory solution. You can only do your best. ) • Conflicts arise when mutually incompatible demands are made on the individual. , you must put in so many hours in the library but your family makes demands which must be met) may be unresolvable except on an ad hoc basis. Don't expect any extra consideration from your mentors because you have extra obligations; the most you can expect is an acknowledgment that you have a reason for failing to perform, not an excuse for the failure.

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