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Glossary of research terms

from Sacred Heart University Library

(Fairfield, Connecticut)

-SHU Library-

Acculturation — refers to the process of adapting to another culture, particularly in reference to blending in with the majority e.g., an immigrant adopting American customs]. However, acculturation also implies that both cultures add something to one another, but still remain distinct groups unto themselves.

Accuracy — a term used in survey research to refer to the match between the target population and the sample.

Affective Measures — procedures or devices used to obtain quantified descriptions of an individual’s feelings, emotional states, or dispositions.

Aggregate — a total created from smaller units. For instance, the population of a county is an aggregate of the populations of the cities, rural areas, etc. that comprise the county. To total data from smaller units into a large unit (verb).

Anonymity — a research condition in which no one, including the researcher, knows the identities of research participants.


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