A Guide to Understanding Social Science Research for Natural Scientists
Conservation problems are commonly social problems as well which is being recognized by natural scientists who are interested in interpreting social research. This guide assists natural scientists in undertsanding the philosophical principles and theoretical assumptions of social science so that social research may be used correctly. The three fundamental elements include ontology, epistemology, and philosophical perspective; all of which are covered in more depth throughout this guide. This guide is also intended to help integrate natural and social sciences to produce more meaningful and relevant conservation research findings.
This guide is available in both English and Spanish.
- Integrating social sciences and natural sciences for improved conservation research
- Explaining patterns at the population level versus patterns based on cultural grouping
- Accurate and objective interpretation of scientific findings