Sociologists should be able to analyze existing statistics and how they are used in social research. This assignment will help you learn this concept. Use the following situation to answer the prompts that follow:
An African American sociology student wants to test the hypothesis that Affirmative Action has helped alleviate racial discrimination on college campuses in the United States. The student does not have access to funds to pay interviewers or to use most other methods of gathering data so the student decides to use existing statistics as his source of data.
1. Explain what information this student will need to collect in order to test the hypothesis. Provide a link to at least one source of existing statistics that would have some data that the student could use to test the hypothesis. (50-75 words)
2. Explain the difference between raw data and existing statistics. (50 words)
3. Citing 1 source about analyzing existing statistics, explain how this student should analyze the statistics that he or she finds. What variables should be compared to each other to test the hypothesis? (75-100 words)
4. Explain whether this type of research is based on interpretivist or positivist methodology. Use the definitions of the 2 types of methodology to explain why you answered the way you did. (50-75 words)
5. Citing 1 source about bias in research, explain how this student could have bias in his study. That is, what would be some of the possible sources of his bias when using existing statistics about Affirmative Action? (75-100 words)
6. GCU believes that the duty of the Christian is to strive to further the good of the culture and the society through education and the embodiment of biblical principles related to goodness and justice. How might a sociology student with the Christian worldview approach bias in research? (50-75 words)
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