FOR PROF XAVIER ONLY!!!! Research Strategies in Law and Society


Research Strategies in Law and Society


Assignment due:  Sunday Dec 6th.. By 10 am


This assignment requires you to evaluate two socio-legal research articles on the same (or related) topic. The articles must present 2 different research methodologies (e.g. quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods).  PERFERBABLY PROSTIUTION


  • You will begin by searching for two research articles on a socio-legal topics


  • For each article you will conduct an evaluation of the structure of the article and research methodologies employed.


  • You will consider such items as the introduction (literature review, study purpose), the method (qualitative/ quantitative/ mixed method, sample selection, instruments of the study), study sample (and its implications) and the results (findings, limitations, and implications of the study).


  •  In your analysis, please compare and contrast each article and identify strengths and/or weaknesses of the methodology employed in the study.


  • Your critiques will be written in essay format and will be 9 pages long (double spaced, not including your bibliography)
  • APA style... In first person… Personal response... Ask yourself the question was the article informative?
  • Brief summary of each article
  • Do not choose an argumentative article.


Note:  In addition to the film shown in class (“How to Read and understand a research study”), information on critiquing a research article is available in Michael Holosko’s work, “Primer for Critiquing Social Research”


Qualitative Research is primarily exploratory research.  It is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It provides insights into the problem or helps to develop ideas or hypotheses for potential quantitative research. Qualitative Research is also used to uncover trends in thought and opinions, and dive deeper into the problem. Qualitative data collection methods vary using unstructured or semi-structured techniques. Some common methods include focus groups (group discussions), individual interviews, and participation/observations. The sample size is typically small, and respondents are selected to fulfill a given quota.


Quantitative Research is used to quantify the problem by way of generating numerical data or data that can be transformed into useable statistics. It is used to quantify attitudes, opinions, behaviors, and other defined variables – and generalize results from a larger sample population. Quantitative Research uses measurable data to formulate facts and uncover patterns in research. Quantitative data collection methods are much more structured than Qualitative data collection methods. Quantitative data collection methods include various forms of surveys – online surveys, paper surveys, mobile surveys and kiosk surveys, face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, longitudinal studies, website interceptors, online polls, and systematic observations.

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