Chapter 2: Paradigms, Theory, & Research

Upon completion of this chapter, the student should be able to:
  1.  List the three functions of theory for research.
  2. Define paradigm and describe its role in science. 
  3. Differentiate macro-level theory from micro-level theory. 
  4. Provide a synopsis for each of the following paradigms: early positivism, conflict paradigm, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, structural-functionalism, feminist paradigms, and critical race theory. 
  5. Show the role of theory, operationalization, and observation in the traditional model of science. 
  6. Define hypothesis testing.
  7. Differentiate inductive logic from deductive logic by definition and example.
  8. Outline the steps in deductive theory construction.
  9. Outline the steps in inductive theory construction.
  10. Discuss the links between social science theory and research.
  11. Discuss the links between research ethics and theory or paradigm selection.

SocioSite--  website with tons of references on sociological theorists, topics, etc.