Explore how the social sciences are reported on in everyday life:
Click on the link to NPR below to see a list of social science radio reports by NPR correspondent Shankar Vedantam. Be sure to listen to the report as well as read the full transcript. Think about the questions in your worksheet as you listen.
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When you start researching a topic in a particular discipline, like the Social Sciences, you will start to notice that they use a lot of special words and expressions that may be unfamilar to you. It's very common for people in an academic discipline (or profession) to use a unique vocabulary or jargon that may be hard for outsiders to understand.
It is extremely helpful to familarize yourself with some of the common words and concepts used when discussing your topic during the early stages of your research.
SOCIAL SCIENCE is the study of human society and of the relationships of individuals within society. Disciplines (or subject areas) within the social sciences include:
Professionals in the Social Sciences conduct their own research using a variety of methods (interviews, surveys, observations, and analyzing statistics just to name a few) but for students research primarily involves reading, comparing, synthesizing and analyzing the research results and theories of others.
After completing a research project, researchers will often present their results and conclusions by publishing a detailed research paper in an academic journal that's written by and for experts in that field of research.
Open the PDF below to see the a current scholarly research paper entitled: "Evolutionary Origins of the Endowment Effect: Evidence from Hunter-Gatherers."
Below, a public radio journalist digests and makes sense of that scholarly study for a more popular audience. Click on the NPR radio report "Are We Genetically Inclined to be Materialistic?" to hear NPR's social sciences reporter Shankar Vedantam.
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Publication Date: 1995
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