Qualitative versus Quantitative versus “Mixed Methods” Research

Qualitative versus Quantitative versus “Mixed Methods” Research

Qualitative versus Quantitative versus “Mixed Methods” Research Quantitative research involves collecting and analysing words and numbers; qualitative research means interpreting and generalizing data gained mainly from oral interviews in and beyond the research context. Quantitative and qualitative research are just two of a number of existing research methodologies. A quantitative research methodology typically encompasses: an…

Hypotheses versus Propositions

Hypotheses versus Propositions A hypothesis is an informed statement that suggests possible relationships between variables measured in research; a proposition is an argument based on those findings. Hypotheses are educated guesses about possible relationships between at least two of the variables you plan to measure in your research. You will develop either a number of…

Research Methods

Research Methods

Research Methods Research methods are the techniques used to collect and analyse primary and secondary data. Research methods can be applied to either: Primary data that you have directly obtained from one or more sources of your study, or Secondary data that has been produced by other researchers and intermediaries and not from your own…

Ontology

Ontology

Ontology An ontology is a belief system based on a person’s interpretation of what constitutes a fact. Everyone has a view on how the world works. You might think that facts are objective. Your housemate might think they are subjectively constructed by individuals. Both of those views are examples of an ontology. Identifying your ontology…

Literature Review

Literature Review A literature review is the selection, reading, summary and analysis of existing research articles to construct or develop a research question. In order to set a research question you must perform a literature review. This will form the basis of your project and should contain a clear argument that explains how you made your choice…

Research Aims and Objectives

Research Aims and Objectives Research aims are the overall goals of a project; objectives are the steps that must be taken to achieve them. Your research aims should address your research question and be accompanied by manageable objectives that will allow you to fulfil them. Imagine that you have the following research question: ‘How do project teams…

Research Question

Research Question

Research Question A research question poses a problem that requires further investigation after a thorough literature review of the chosen topic. Your research question (RQ) must concern a substantial issue that can drive every part of your research agenda. RQs typically arise either from your reading and/or from a lecture or presentation about a specific topic.…