Journal of APPLIED BIOMEDICINE
ISSN 1214-0287 (on-line)
ISSN 1214-021X (printed)

Volume 1 (2003), No 1, p 29-40




Scientific research: methodological guidelines for the social sciences

Paul H. Moller, Vladimir Vurm, Petr Petr

Address: Paul H. Moller, Department of Sociology, School of Social Studies, Potchefstroom University for CHE, 2520 Potchefstroom, Republic of South Africa
sosphm@puknet.puk.ac.za
vurm@jcu.cz
petr@zsf.jcu.cz

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SUMMARY
Scientific research is one of a number of roles in the role repertoire of students and academics. However, to successfully fulfil this role, one has to understand the meaning of various concepts e.g. science, scientific research, scientific method and theory. In describing these concepts the meaning of the goals of science and scientific research, as well as the method of composing a research proposal all become clearer.

KEY WORDS
science; concepts; methodology


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