The purpose of research, eg advance knowledge, increase understanding, educate others, inform practice P116
the focus of research, eg question/hypothesis
sampling P117 methods sample group sample size
Explore a variety of existing research projects/reports and consider the following questions:
What was the focus question?
What was the same group size?
What type of data was collected
What sources of data were used?
types of data P120 primary and secondary qualitative and quantitative
Describe the types of data that can be collected from individuals and groups
sources of data P121 individuals and groups print and digital
Examine data from print and electronic sources to determine the key findings
Discuss the advantages and limitations of each of the sources of data
reliability and validity P122
Explain how sampling contributes to reliable and valid data
ethical behavior P123 respect integrity privacy bias
assess the importance of ethical behaviors when conducting research by considering the following: sensitive research topics confidentiality research bias crediting sources of data
Research methods P124 questionnaires interviews
Research process planning for research formulating a research proposal managing resources, eg time, materials
conducting research accessing sources of data collecting and recording data documenting actions and issues
interpreting research presenting research findings analysing research results drawing conclusions from research
Methodologies are those strategies that are used by researchers to collect the data they need to answer their research question.
Purpose of research
Advance knowledge, increase understanding, educate others and inform practice.
Research primarily attempts to describe or explain things… what, when, how or why.