Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-18, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2018.


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Empirical knowledge

core definition

Empirical knowledge is knowledge gained from experience; in the sciences through observation, questionning or experimentation.

explanatory context

See empirical

analytical review

Phukup Pecorino (nd) wrote:

There is a knowledge that comes through our senses.  This knowledge is empirical knowledge.  Science is the best example of a method for ascertaining the accuracy of such knowledge.  Scientific knowledge is a result of the practice of the method:  Observation, abduction of a hypothesis, careful observation, refinement of hypothesis, deduction of test for hypothesis, testing and experimentation, confirmation or falsification of the hypothesis.

associated issues


related areas

See also

Researching the Real World Section XX




Pecorino, P.A., nd, 'Types of knowledge' available at , accessed 27 May 2017.

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