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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 27 May, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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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

empirical

empiricism


Sources

Pecorino, P.A., nd, 'Types of knowledge' available at http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/Chapter%205%20Epistemology/Types_of_knowledge.htm , accessed 27 May 2017.


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