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CONTENTS 1Introduction3 2Definition of Empirical Research3 3Research Design4 4Data Collection 5 5Qualitative Research 6 6Quantitative Research8 7Case Studies9 8Particular Issues11 81 Gaining Access 11 82 Ethics11 9 Divorce Law and Empirical studies12 91 Misuse of Statistics13 92 International Comparison14 10 Conclusion17 Empirical research 1Introduction Traditionally socio-legal scholars have bridged the divide between law and sociology social policy and economics But there is increasing interest in law and disciplines within the field of humanities For decades social scientists have sought to improve the quality of their research by perfecting scientific procedures They found the experimental design strategies used in physical and biological sciences to be instructive and helpful During this time the strategies of randomization control groups and experimental designs became popular and accepted However scientists were soon disappointed for although they learned a great deal they found that this positivist approach to scientific research actually limited their thinking and overlooked valuable data Consequently other scientific procedures emerged that also proved to be applicable to social science inquiry 2Definition of Empirical Research Empirical research is any research involving the collection of new data It is also the subject that is studied on Research Methods courses which study the different ways in which theory can be linked to empirical evidence Gerry Rose suggests that the two basic ways are through theory testing when empirical evidence is used to test a theory and theory construction when the empirical evidence is used to help construct new theories Accordingly methodology deals with the methods and principles used in an activity in this case research In the methodology chapter the researcher explain how he did the research the methods of data collection materials used subjects interviewed or places he visited Give a detailed account of how and when he carried out his research Explain why he used the particular methods
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