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Introduction to Educational Research (5th ed.) Craig A. Mertler & C.M. Charles. Chapter 6 Designing a Research Project. How Planning for Research Should Be Done. Attention should be given to: Introduction Method Data analysis Time schedule Budget (Gay & Airasian, 2000)

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Introduction to Educational Research (5th ed.) Craig A. Mertler & C.M. Charles

Chapter 6

Designing a Research Project

how planning for research should be done
How Planning for Research Should Be Done
  • Attention should be given to:
    • Introduction
    • Method
    • Data analysis
    • Time schedule
    • Budget (Gay & Airasian, 2000)
  • Planning according to whether research is qualitative or quantitative (Wiersma, 2000)
tasks to be accomplished when planning research
Tasks To Be Accomplished WhenPlanning Research
  • TASK #1: State the topic, problem, and questions/hypotheses
    • Include importance of the study, limitations, delimitations, assumptions
  • TASK #2: Outline the library search for related information
    • Include both primary and secondary sources
    • Develop review from:

general

specific

earlier

more recent

tasks to be accomplished when planning research cont d
Tasks To Be Accomplished WhenPlanning Research (cont’d.)
  • TASK #3: Identify needed data and their sources
  • TASK #4: List the steps needed to complete the study
    • Include sampling procedures (if necessary), descriptions of what will be expected of participants, and methods of ensuring quality of data
  • TASK #5: Specify the procedures and tools to be used in data collection
    • Include description of data collection instruments
tasks to be accomplished when planning research cont d1
Tasks To Be Accomplished WhenPlanning Research (cont’d.)
  • TASK #6: Foresee how data can best be analyzed and interpreted
    • Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative data
    • Anticipate possible findings and conclusions
  • TASK #7: Anticipate the appropriate report format, based on a generic format:

1. Specification of the problem

2. Review of related literature

3. Procedures and data collection

4. Data analysis

5. Findings

6. Conclusions

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Applying Technology…

Web sites to assist in writing reports

  • Dr. Trochim’s "Key Elements" of research reports (http://trochim.human.cornell.edu/kb/guideelements.htm)
  • Dr. Trochim’s guide to "Formatting" research reports (http://trochim.human.cornell.edu/kb/formatting.htm)
  • The complete text of a sample research paper (http://trochim.human.cornell.edu/kb/sampaper.htm)