These videos were developed in 2013, as online learning resources that could facilitate the development of hybrid undergraduate research methodology classes in Queens College’s Sociology Department.  Much of this work was done with Queens College’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

Fallacies

This video fallacies, deceptive argumentation tactics that impart a false sense that a point has been proven.

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Validity

This video discusses the concept of validity, concerns that our variables are capturing the concepts that they intend to measure.

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Measurement Error and Bias

This video discusses measurement bias, a situation in which our questions or data collection methods influence the answers we receive.

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Structure in Research Design

This video discusses the tension between discovering new information and confirming knowledge we have already developed. These issues become salient when contemplating our study’s measurement strategy.

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Judging Causality

This video discusses the conditions that a relationship must meet in order to be considered causal, as opposed to coincidental.

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The Fact/Value Distinction

This video the difference between facts and values, and how this distinction is critical in understanding the limits of science.

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