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Research Philosophy

The Research Philosophy of the Institute stresses that students should learn to be critical thinkers.  Students should choose their subject material carefully, making sure that it is an area of emphasis that can be thoroughly reviewed and researched.

The Institute encourages all types of Social Science Research.  Students may choose among different styles for gathering data; Experimental Research, Evaluation Research or Qualitative Research.  Experimental and Evaluation Research use Sample and Control Groups in gathering information and must follow strict procedures in utilizing this protocol.

A Social Scientist needs to be able to conduct research with a Design of the Investigation and Research Methodology that is most comfortable to them and fits their abilities.  The Institute emphasizes Qualitative Research based on critical analysis and philosophical speculation, and thus requires the exploration of a hypothesis in a particular subject area.

Qualitative Research combined with an ethnographical approach is sufficiently scholarly in order to capture relevant, original research.  Ethnography documents the inner workings of a particular subculture; it is both research and journalism that provides insight into relationships among people and their environment.  Students may also opt to infuse Content Analysis, Observational Research, Survey Research or an Analysis of Existing Records.

Students should know how to evaluate research and the collection of empirical data by using theory and analysis.  If students lack a depth of knowledge in Statistical Analysis, the institute will provide the guidelines necessary to ensure that they are able to complete their projects.  Students will gain a solid background and comfort level with statistics, if their project requires it.

Students must prepare their Dissertations as a Scientific Inquiry, making sure that it is written to respond to basic fundamental aspects of Social Scientific Research:

Does the Introduction provide a clear notion of the research problem, the purpose of the research, and its significance?

Does the Literature Review seem relevant to the research problem?

Are the use of the Design and Methodology appropriate?

Does the Analysis include sufficient information?

Are the Conclusions supported by and do they logically follow from the data that have been presented?

Are the Findings discussed in terms of their implications and/or practical significance?