hypothetico-deductive model

(noun) A research method in which a hypothesis is deduced from theory and observable empirical evidence is collected to test the hypothesis.

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Usage Notes:

  • Using the hypothetico-deductive model, if a hypothesis is true, the theory is confirmed but if the hypothesis is false, the theory is disconfirmed.
  • Not all research requires a hypothesis such as ethnography and phenomenology which are intended to provide description.

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Babbie, Earl. 2013. The Practice of Social Research. 13th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Bryman, Alan. 2012. Social Research Methods. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

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How to Cite the Definition of Hypothetico-deductive Model

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “hypothetico-deductive model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 17, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/hypothetico-deductive-model/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

hypothetico-deductive model. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/hypothetico-deductive-model/

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“hypothetico-deductive model.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Jun. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/hypothetico-deductive-model/>.