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Introduction to Research. Effective Learning Service. 1. This workbook is a short introduction to research and research methods and will outline some, but not all, . THE BASICS. Research Methods: The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice. Introduction. 7. Types of method. 8. Quantitative Research Methods. Quantitative survey. Secondary data collation and analysis. Statistical analysis.
Importantly, the APA section of the textbook appears to be up-to-date. Also, the use of QR codes throughout the text is a nice touch that students may appreciate.
Clarity rating: 4 Connected to comprehensiveness, there are some important content areas that I felt were lacking in elaboration and examples e.
Overall, however, the topics seemed to be presented in a straightforward, accessible manner.
The textbook includes links to informative videos and walk-throughs where appropriate, which seem to be potentially beneficial for student comprehension. The textbook includes tools designed to aid learning, namely "Key Takeaways" and "Exercises" sections at the end of most modules, but not all. Lastly, many modules of the textbook were text-heavy and visually unappealing. While this is superficial, the inclusion of additional graphics, example boxes, or figures in these text-heavy modules might be beneficial.
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Or, why do individuals in a study area decline services from a specialized antenatal clinic? When collecting qualitative data, it is preferable to use more than one data collection method.
Obtaining information on the same phenomena in a variety of ways allows the researcher to triangulate the data, adding rigour to the research. By nature, qualitative data collection is emergent and the design is intentionally flexible to enable the researcher investigate themes findings in more detail as they emerge.
Qualitative methods use data collection methodologies such as interviewing, observation, discussions and review of documents e. The results of qualitative research are descriptive or explanatory rather than predictive, and are typically time-consuming to collect and analyse. The following table may be helpful to you as you decide which qualitative tools and techniques are most appropriate for your IR project Table 9.
Unlike quantitative data collection, qualitative data collection can be more flexible allowing the research to incorporate emerging themes in the ongoing data collection. This allows the researcher to test and validate findings as they collect the data. For example, perhaps in one in-depth interview, the researcher learns that people do not attend the lymphatic filariasis mass drug administration because they use traditional medicines and therefore feel that they are already under treatment.
The researcher may then add a related question to subsequent in-depth interviews to see how prevalent this phenomenon is in the study population. Table 10 describes situations when various qualitative data collection techniques can be used. Pre-testing All study instruments quantitative and qualitative should be pre-tested to check the validity and reliability of data collection tools.
Pre-testing allows the research team to check whether the research instructions and questions are clear, context specific, and that adequate time has been allowed to administer the questionnaire, etc.