Research Question design

There are a number of ways that survey questions may be problematic. You should not ask questions that your respondents are unlikely to know the answers to, or imply a demand for an unreasonable degree of precision. If you provide a set range of answers for participants, make sure that they are clear about whether you are requesting that they select only one answer from the set, or that they should indicate all that apply. Be careful that the language…

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Thinking of research methods in homeopathy research

Reflecting on the Starting to think about research methods material, I start to think about which methods I’d like to explore in the next two weeks. So, considering the first question, which is: “What kind of topics are you interested in researching?”- I’m interested in homeopathy research. What initial research questions might be starting to emerge for you? As a question of research in homeopathy, it would be: “How people with chronic conditions react to hemopathic treatment?” What are you interested in researching –…

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Research Methods and Methodologies in Education. London, Sage

If your interest in primarily in educational research, we recommend the following textbook: Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. and Hedges, L. (eds) (2012). Research Methods and Methodologies in Education. London, Sage. There are two main reasons this book has been chosen. First, it is structured in a helpful way, divided into three ‘dimensions’: research designs, data collection tools, and analysis. This is really useful for getting a handle on the stages in which particular approaches or ideas are appropriate. Second, it introduces a…

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