Operationalization in Social Research - Session 2 (AHSSB)

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Contemporary social science is often set to measure anything that exists, from concrete things to abstract processes and notions. Social science researchers who aim to produce high quality research should understand systematically how general and broad research ideas and agendas are turned progressively into being measured scientifically via the interrelated steps of conceptualization, operationalization and measurement. This session follows the discussion and learning on conceptualization in social research (covered in the previous pre-requisite session), and focuses on the (second) step from conceptualization to operationalization in social research. Content will cover the importance and relation between conceptualization and operationalization for high quality contribution to academic knowledge. Thematic areas to be covered regarding the topic of operationalization are ranges of variations, the definition of variables and attributes, levels of measurement and multiplicity or singularity of indicators. Both sessions of this module will use practical examples to illustrate theory discussed. Although we will touch upon the relation between operationalization and measurement, this session will not go into detail regarding measurement per se.

References: Babbie, E. ( 2004) The Practice of Social Research; 10th Edition, London WC1R 4LR, U.K., Wadsworth, Thomson Learning. Grimes, M. D. (1991). Class in Twentieth-Century American Sociology, New York, Praeger. Miller, D. (1991). Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement. Newbury Park, Ca: Sage.

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