Wednesday, 23 October 2013

COP 3 - Lecture 2


Lecture 2 

Organising your research project:

- Go to library and get the book 'doing your research project'
- Study section in the library 
- Approaches to research
- Quantitive vs Qualitative 
- What metrologies suit your project best 
- What and how are you going to research 

Which are the best methods  
- Quantitive (Methods of research such as statistical data, numerical graphs, analysing trends, a body of peoples opinions, surveys and questionaries 
- Qualitative (content, theory, philosophy, different set of strategies)
- Action research (If your project is 'experiment through practice', real world situations, action in the situation, reflection on the moment)

Planning the project 
- Write down all the questions that you want to ask yourself 
- Consider each on their merits and focus on two (primary and secondary) 
- Write a 'first though' sheet for each 
- Central question and secondary question, what am I trying to achieve and is it achievable ?
- Decide on a 'working title' 
- Project outline

Consider timing 
- 12 weeks today DEADLINE 
- Consider holiday / Work / Life 
- Think about the different aspects of your working title that will needs addressing 
- Allocate timings to each 
- Draw up a project outline based on the above 
- Allow generous time for initial reading and writing up 
- Factor in tutorials  

Reading 
- Find out all the key texts on your chosen subject, plan time to read these
- Find secondary sources/ criticisms of key texts (triangulation)
- Do a literature search 
Use journals (www.jstor.org)

Organising table 
- A grid or timetable which documents all books, harvard reference, key concepts, comments, application and questions to document what links with what 

Ethics 
- Does the research involve other people, will there be participants 
- Does it involve participants who are particularly vulnerable 
- Will the study involve the discussion of sensitive topics (sexual activity, drug use)
- Are there issues of safety 

Referencing 
- Make a bibliography immediately 
- include all details  HR (name, forename, date, place, publisher, page)

Questionnaires
- Discuss with tutor about what type of questions you wish to ask 
- Avoid ambiguity, can't be vague must be precise  
- Avoid double, leading, presuming or offensive questions 

Interviews 
- Structured and unstructured interview
- How will you analyse the questions 
- Plan the interview / prepare the room 
- Interview yourself and the purpose of the interview 
- Record the interview (permission required) to transcribe 

Observation 
- Decide exactly what you need to know 
- Participent / non - participent observation 
- Request permission 
- Prepare and plan observation carefully
- Devise a suitable grid, checklist or chart 

Critical diary 
- Make sure you are clear about the purpose 
- Be disciplined - regularly update a personal dory or offer clear guidelines/ deadlines 
- Achievable targets 

Checklist 
- Dont procrastinate 
- Plan research methods carefully 
- Select the most appropriate research methods for my project
- Complete an ethics self assessment 
- Complete an extensive literature review 
- Document all stages of the process carefully 
- Produce a detailed project outline, with timings, and stick to it 
- Get the most from your supervision 

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