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RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
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P15
Research fundamentals

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

PESTSFR

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

case studies

observations

literature reviews

COLIQ

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.

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