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Questions in Communication & Social research
Journalism & Communication
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Questions in Communication and Social Research (Name) (School) 1 March 2013 Abstract This paper will serve to address certain questions in communication and social research, using information found in the text itself. Keywords: idiothetic, nomothetic, paradigm, quantitative, qualitative, vocabulary, causation, method, study, essentials, research ethics.
Idiographic explanation is “an approach to explanation in which we seek to exhaust the idiosyncratic causes of a particular condition or event” (Babbie, 2010, p. 21). Nomothetic explanation is “an approach to explanation in which we seek to identify a few casual factors that generally impact a class of conditions or events” (Babbie, 2010, p. 21). An idiographic explanation looks at all the different reasons that explain a particular course of action, whereas nomothetic explanation looks at all the different factors behind a particular course of action. Stating that their paycheck was not direct deposited on time, but a day late, that HR failed to include holiday pay on the check when it was deposited, and that they will not be able to correct it for another two days are examples of idiographic explanations to a company as to why a bill may be late. Looking at the proximity of a job to a place of residence, how much they pay versus how much may be saved in travel time, and the amount of work that will need to be done when compared to a person’s current job all fall under the blanket of nomothetic reasoning. 2. ...
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