Research Methods-Chapter One

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Research Methods-Chapter One
2013-04-07 11:09:00
Research Methods Chapter One

Research Methods-Chapter One
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  1. Define research.
    Research is a systematic goal oriented study, of phenomena.It aims to avail information that can the basis for generalizations,principles, theories, laws…
  2. Characteristics of research
    • Systematic process
    • Empirical evidence
    • Empirical tests
    • Replicable
    • Verifiable
    • Universally applicable
    • Basic concepts
    • Ethical neutrality
    • Transparent methodology
    • Goal oriented
    • Formulation of laws, generalizations, theories
    • Rational
  3. Systematic process
    Follows laid down scientific procedure. To ensure there’s objectivity, in a study of phenomena.
  4. Empirical tests
    Empirical tests are carried out to rule out any other possibilities, done in controlled tests. E.g. in a village or raring of chickens.
  5. Replicable
    Methodologies and knowledge gained must be replicable to the same problem in a different setting.
  6. Empirical evidence
    Gotten from thorough and rigorous study of a phenomenon to draw inference, or develop generalization.
  7. Verifiable
    Should be verifiable by other studies.
  8. Universally applicable
    Methodology, finding can used in other locations
  9. Basic concepts
    Universal concepts to develop standardization, consistent in definition, understanding or interpretation.
  10. Ethical neutrality
    Researchers detach themselves from any personal preferences,opinions or prejudices.
  11. Transparent methodology

    To ensure there’s objectivity and replication in other studies.

    *All research is tentative until other researchers concur.*
  12. Goal oriented
    Aims to meet specific goals, in a given time frame.

    *Due to limited resources and time. It is objective/critical and devoid of all forms of prejudices*
  13. Formulation of laws, generalizations, theories
    Empirical tests done to add knowledge, improve laws,theories etc.
  14. Rational
    Follows specific rules of logic, consistent with known facts.

    *Gives us the means to make known the unknown among us.*
  15. Analysis
    Of data made as clear as possible to ensure objectivity.
  16. Process of research
    • Gathering
    • Recording
    • Analysis
    • Interpretation
    • Reporting/Publishing
  17. Importance
    • Helps with decision making
    • Gain information/knowledge
    • Improve products
  18. Problems
    • Resources
    • Communication
    • Insecurity
    • Illiteracy (Population and society to research)
    • Lack of training
    • Political
  19. Qualities of a Good Researcher

    • Dedication/Perseverance 
    • Diligence/Prudence *Documentation of method.*
    • Honesty *ethical, averse to plagiarism.*
    • Humility *Intellectual humility when he gets it wrong.*
    • Through *Attention to detail.*
    • Noble *Driven to find facts, rather than money.*
    • Transparent *Publish method of research.*
  20. Types of Research

    • Quantitative
    • Qualitative
    • Basic (Pure)
    • Applied
    • Experimental
    • Non Experimental
    • Explanatory
    • Exploratory
    • Policy
    • Operational
  21. Quantitative
    This is the collection and analysis of numerical data in their natural setting (no manipulation)
  22. Qualitative
    This is the collection and analysis of text data in their natural setting (no manipulation)
  23. Basic (Pure/Fundamental)
    Not meant for specific problem. Carried out, out of curiosity to gain knowledge.
  24. Applied
    • Goal oriented, tailored to a specific area to solve a problem.
    • *Aims to refine knowledge, improve a product that can be applied to real life situations.*
  25. Experimental
    Application of scientific means in controlled setting, in manipulation of samples.
  26. Non Experimental
    involves observing and measuring things as they are. Naturalistic observation, interview, survey, case history, and psychometric
  27. Explanatory
    Used to answer the what, why and where question in research
  28. Exploratory
    Used to answer the HOW question, and indicate how it happened.
  29. Policy
    Applied research into the feasibility, formulation,implementation and review of policy in a given context.
  30. Operational
    Applied computerized research that manipulates variables using quantitative models/techniques, to examine relationships between one or more variables.
  31. Types of data collection
    • Categorized on the basis of type of data sought.
    • Quantitative
    • Qualitative
    • Nature of research
    • Experimental
    • Non Experimental
  32. Ways to answer QUESTIONS asked
    • Explanatory
    • Exploratory
    • Policy
    • Operational
  33. Reasoning

    Technique of coming to the truth through inductive or deductive reason.
  34. Types of reasoning
    • Inductive
    • Deductive
  35. Inductive
    Known to unknown

    *the conclusion is reached from specific examples.*

    *also known as induction or informally "bottom-up" logic,[1] is a kind of reasoning that constructs or evaluates general propositions that are derived from specific examples.*
  36. Deductive
    General to specific

    *Deductive reasoning, also deductive logic or logical deduction or, informally, "top-down" logic,[1] is the process of reasoning from one or more general statements (premises) to reach a logically certain conclusion.
  37. Appealing to Authority
    Consulting experts or experienced people in a field of study to for their answers.
  38. Limitations of appealing to authority
    • Bias
    • Lacks universality
    • Bounded rationality
  39. Appealing to Faith
    Using religion as an avenue of gaining knowledge
  40. Limitations appealing to faith
    • Lacks facts
    • Blind faith
    • Lack of empirical evidence
  41. Scientific method
    Systematic and scientific method of collecting and analyzing data to come up with inferences.

    *Satisfies all characteristics of research.*
  42. Contingent factors in research is
    Factors to consider before or while carrying out research.
  43. Inference
    The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.

    *The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.*
  44. Contingent factors in research
    • Place/Location
    • Time constraint
    • Purpose (Why)
    • Nature (Type)
    • Funding (Money)
    • Unit of analysis (Who/What)
    • Characteristics of the population
  45. Place/Location
    • Distance
    • Infrastructure (Accommodation, transport)
    • Security
    • Cost
    • Literacy (regarding research) level of the population
  46. Time constraint
    • To;
    • Cover objectives
    • Be thorough
    • Specific design
    • Within budget
  47. Purpose (Why)

    Reasons for research
  48. Nature (Type)
    Scientific or not.

    *look at the problem, objectives,literature review, design and report.*
  49. Funding (Money)
    Budget constraints must be considered.
  50. Unit of analysis (Who/What)
    Subjects of research
  51. Characteristics of the population
    • Language spoken,
    • Ethnicity
    • Family type
    • Household type
    • Age
    • Education
  52. Guild lines for conducting successful research
    • Clear concept and definition of problem being investigated
    • Proper formulation of objectives and design
    • Start early: making contacts, literature review
    • Communicate: intention of data collection
    • Request: respondents for responses do not force.
    • Introduce yourself: through referees, letter of introduction
    • Avoid assumptions: from respondents, physical presence is important
    • Patience: with uncooperative respondents
    • Preparation: organization is important. Have all necessities.