By Diana M Burton, Steve Bartlett
Doing a small-scale learn venture is a mandatory section of an schooling reviews measure. This booklet will consultant and help scholars via their study, supplying functional suggestion on designing, making plans and finishing the examine and on writing it up. It outlines the philosophical techniques underpinning examine, and talks via options in either quantitative and qualitative equipment, the way to layout learn tools, and the amassing and reading of knowledge.
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For instance, if a case study is being done of one institution, such as a school, then anyone knowing research has been done here and reading the report can guess who the individual contributions are from or can at least narrow the possibilities down. So if the report states something like ‘the head teacher stated that … ’, ‘a female deputy head thought that … ’, ‘a male teacher in the 50 to 60 age group expressed annoyance that …’, then the respondents may feel that their anonymity has not been maintained and so the promise of confidentiality has been compromised.
It is possible to ask what seems like a never-ending stream of questions that become progressively wider in scope and leave you feeling very unclear about where the research should be going. What is needed initially is to develop a clear focus of investigation. Ideally, it should be possible to explain the focus in a paragraph which states what is to be researched and why. By having a focus, or a main aim/purpose, it should then be possible to ask what it is you specifically want to find out concerning this focus – namely, what the particular issues are.
It is important that you as a researcher are considered able to conduct the research in a way that does not cause undue stress, harm or inconvenience to the respondents. The safety of researchers and any members of the research team must also be an important consideration. This may certainly involve scrutiny of different parts of the design of the research proposal by an ethics committee. There follows an example of a research project that was considered unacceptable by an ethics committee for a number of reasons.
Key Issues for Education Researchers (Education Studies: Key Issues) by Diana M Burton, Steve Bartlett