NTR 629 - Week 1A. Introduction to Research. Research - Defined. A systematic process that uses the scientific method to identify relationships and/or determine differences in order to resolve previously unanswered questions or problems ( discover something new !). Attributes of Research.
Do results alter theory? New lines of research? Conclusions
Ask a question… identify a problem…Generate Hypothesis
Test the Hypothesis… Interpretation
Collect Data… Observations
Determine most effective and efficient intervention.
Determine impact of intervention on biomarkers, dietary intake, and anthropometrics.
Examine relationship between behavioral factors and dietary intake.
Document cost-effectiveness of Medical Nutrition Therapy (or other) interventions.
Determine sensory acceptability of fat reduced products.
Think about what else…What Can Research Uncover?
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Formulating the Question
Focusing the Question
Researchers narrow the scope of a research question by:
Having a clearly defined and specific goal for a study
Consulting with colleagues and getting feedback
Linking a question to specific hypotheses or working concepts
Not involve harm
Identify units/subjects and variables
Constitutive definition – “dictionary”
Operational definition – clarify by example; list measurable behaviors that demonstrate the term
Time, energy, money, available resources
Contribution to knowledge
Improvement of practice
Improve the human conditionCharacteristics of “Good” Questions