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  Research - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Research is best described as a "sack-sandwiching" process; it is the foundation of the scientific method.
Basic research (also called fundamental or pure research) has as its primary objective the advancement of knowledge and the theoretical understanding of the relations among variables (see statistics).
It is not unusual for researchers to present their project in such a light as to "slot" it into either applied or basic research, depending on the requirements of the funding sources.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Research_methods   (932 words)

 Research Methods - LRSP - Dept of English - Kent State
This course focuses (a) on selected qualitative methods employed in conducting field research on the acts, functions, and uses of writing within particular communities of practice and in particular contexts and (b) on methods and procedures for analyzing and interpreting qualitative data.
At a more general level, the course explores such important issues and questions as the ethics of qualitative research, the constructive nature of research activity, the nature of qualitative data, the relation between data and knowledge claims and generalizations, and the limits of methodology and interpretation.
This course identifies and explores a variety of methods available for the historical study of rhetoric and writing, including ethnohistory, archival research, new historicism, narrative theory, disciplinary and institutional historiography, and materialist histories of schoooling, among others.
dept.kent.edu /english/graduate/lrsp_research.htm   (426 words)

Research Resources for the Social Sciences This research engine for the social sciences is an extensive list of links to resources in the social sciences, including a search engine.
Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College Child care, family and job dilemmas are only a few of the areas Center researchers have focused on during the past two decades.
Survey Research Center, University of Michigan The Survey Research Center was founded in 1946 with the goal of applying the methods of probability sampling, standardized interviewing, and multivariate analysis for the benefit of scientific progress and toward the solution of social problems.
www.scils.rutgers.edu /~kvander/researchmethods.html   (801 words)

 Using Qualitative Research Methods
Qualitative methods are useful, not only in providing rich descriptions of complex phenomena, but in constructing or developing theories or conceptual frameworks, and in generating hypotheses to explain those phenomena.
The origins and development of qualitative research methods and their close association with inductive, interpretive and historical research have led many researchers to associate these methods exclusively with these forms of research and to fail to recognize their value in conventional deductive empirical research.
His paper is motivated by two interests: first, convincing researchers not experienced in qualitative methods that they can enhance their empirical, deductive work, and, second, minimizing the misuse of qualitative methods in ways that threaten the validity of studies.
www.colmr.research.med.va.gov /mgmt_research_in_va/methodology/qualitative_research.cfm   (1664 words)

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Her position is that feminist methodology is different from "patriarchal scholarship" (or male-dominated research) and that it is closely related to the development of feminist theory.
Each stage of the research process is examined, from the newest knowledge of sampling strategies to insure racial and social diversity in the accounts of women's lives, to mass media packaging and marketing feminist research.
She argues that feminist methods (in the broadest sense of the term) is part -- perhaps the best part -- of a larger intellectual movement that represents a fundamental shift away from traditional social science methodology.
www.mith2.umd.edu /WomensStudies/Bibliographies/research-methods   (2508 words)

 Qualitative Research in Information Systems
Research methods can be classified in various ways, however one of the most common distinctions is between qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The main task of critical research is seen as being one of social critique, whereby the restrictive and alienating conditions of the status quo are brought to light.
A qualitative researcher has to come to terms with the fact that it is impossible to tell the "whole story" in any one paper, so he or she has to accept that only one part of it can be told at any one time.
www.qual.auckland.ac.nz   (5212 words)

 1999 RMD Forum:  Paradigms and Research Methods
Ultimately, the validity of any interpretive research endeavor is grounded in the return visit, when past research findings are used by yet a next researcher as a guide for entering the field and interacting with the native groups described in the research (Van Maanen, 1981: 27).
Critical/postmodern research is commonly distinguished by a demonstrated consistency with previous Marxist, critical and postmodern concepts such as alienation, contradictions and commodification.
Critical postmodernism often borrows methods and theory from interpretive research but it utilizes these in a context where theoretical ideas are used to expose problems of capitalism and to support and encourage political action.
www.aom.pace.edu /rmd/1999_RMD_Forum_Paradigms_and_Research_Methods.htm   (3708 words)

 WED 561 RESEARCH METHODS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
"Research Methods" is a required course for all students pursuing the Master of Science in Education degree with a major in Workforce Education and Development.
The overall purpose of the course is to introduce basic vocabulary, concepts, and methods of educational research.
Students should also be aware that the development of a research problem and proposal and the evolution of a research study is best conducted over a period of several semesters rather than being concentrated in a final, hectic semester.
www.siu.edu /~wed08/561   (770 words)

 Research Methods - Selecting Subjects in AllPsych Online
The ideal research sample is therefore often referred to as a representative sample.
To assure that the sample of subjects taken from a known population truly represents the population, we could test every subject in the population and choose only those who fall around the mean of the entire population.
It is not considered standardized research and would be scrutinized if submitted to a professional journal, but it does have its place.
allpsych.com /researchmethods/selectingsubjects.html   (1285 words)

 Research Methods - Validity and Reliability in AllPsych Online
Just as we would not use a math test to assess verbal skills, we would not want to use a measuring device for research that was not truly measuring what we purport it to measure.
After all, we are relying on the results to show support or a lack of support for our theory and if the data collection methods are erroneous, the data we analyze will also be erroneous.
Whenever observations of behavior are used as data in research, we want to assure that these observations are reliable.
allpsych.com /researchmethods/validityreliability.html   (1277 words)

 Research Advisor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Here you will find models for qualitative research which have been used in physics, biological and social sciences and may be useful as qualitative or partially quantitative models for educational research.
Society for the Study of Symbolic Inteaction Those who perform qualitative research are mostly after defining a reality which is often called "symbolic interaction." Most constructs in educational research which rely on qualitative methods are trying to discern this elusive interaction between humans at the "symbolic" level, the purest of all cultural behavior.
Brief: Mixed methods research is being endorsed more frequently in the theoretical literature on methodology; however, the quantitative paradigm is often dominant and qualitative data are simply used to provide quotes which support the quantitative analysis.
llanes.panam.edu /research/advisor/Qualresearch.html   (1030 words)

 Research Methods in the Social Sciences: An Internet Resource List
This paper outlines a definition of health-related behavioral and social sciences research that was developed over the past year in consultation with behavioral and social scientists and science organizations.
Univariate statistical methods are expanded gradually, first thoroughly exploring bivariate statistical methods (linear transformations with two variables, multiple regression with two independent variables) and culminating with multiple regression models.
Research Randomizer can be used in a wide variety of situations, including psychological experimentation, medical trials, and survey research.
www.library.miami.edu /netguides/psymeth.html   (1953 words)

 Research Methods
Researchers need not be embarrassed or upset by its presence so long as you planned and acted in a way designed to minimized the occurrence of biased data.
Developmental: Research is developmental when it focuses on describing and understanding dynamic processes and their holistic effect on participants in order to provide information that can facilitate improvement.
To assert that a research result is valid is to claim that the finding does not depend upon or is generalizable beyond the specific data, methods, or measurements of a particular study.
www.tele.sunyit.edu /rmnote2.htm   (9005 words)

 ESRC Research Methods Programme
The Research Methods Programme forms part of Council's strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community.
The Programme Director is Angela Dale, based in the Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester.
The Festival will be organised by the Research Methods Programme in collaboration with the National Centre for Research Methods and the National e-Social Science Centre.
www.ccsr.ac.uk /methods   (218 words)

 Research Methods Knowledge Base
The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods.
It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper.
His research interests include the theory and practice of research, conceptualization methods (including concept mapping and pattern matching), strategic and operational planning methods, performance management and measurement, and change management.
www.socialresearchmethods.net /kb   (742 words)

 SAGE Publications - The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
SAGE Reference is proud to announce The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, a three-volume resource that is a first of its kind, developed by the leading publisher of social science research methods books and journals.
In addition to epistemological issues that influence the nature of research questions and assumptions, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods tackles topics not normally viewed as part of social science research methodology, from philosophical issues such as poststructuralism to advanced statistical techniques.
In using the ordinary process of economic research to achieve an extraordinary impact, he leaves the reader thinking not only about methods and models but also the fundamental purpose of econometrics.
www.sagepub.co.uk /book.aspx?pid=102950   (599 words)

 Kerlins.net > Qualitative Research
Of particular note is the extensive Bibliography of qualitative research resources.
For the beginning researcher, Frances F. Berdan, Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Latin American Studies Program, CSU-San Bernardino, has developed an interactive CD-ROM titled EthnoQuest, designed to introduce novice researchers to the study of ethnographic fieldwork.
The 15th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education Conference (EQRE) will be hosted by the University at Albany, SUNY, in Albany, New York on June 4, 5 and 6, 2004.
kerlins.net /bobbi/research/qualresearch   (214 words)

 Forsyth's Research Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The scientific method has been used to unravel such mysteries as the nature of the universe, the difference between various forms of life, and the forces that combine to create such natural phenomena as electricity and nuclear fission.
Some researchers are conducting their studies via the WWW, and so you can volunteer to take part (and provide some data) if you choose to.
Many major research laboratories also have WEB pages, so you can probably investigate their latest findings by doing a search on Hotbot or Webcrawler, with key words that focus on topics that interest you (for example, "Sleep Research Laboratory" or "Brain Injury Laboratory.").
www.has.vcu.edu /psy/psy101/forsyth/zmethod.htm   (474 words)

 Social Research Update 11: Visual research methods
Social Research Update is published quarterly by the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, England.
Similar are the projects that involve leaving a camera running, or using a stills camera, to record a specific aspect of social behaviour, the agents of which are either unaware of being recorded or are encouraged to ignore the camera's presence.
It is, however, a premise of the ethnographic method that the investigator is to some extent involved in the cultural and social projects of those under investigation, if only to the extent that asking questions often forces those questioned to formalise social knowledge or representations that may have only a semi-propositional status.
www.soc.surrey.ac.uk /sru/SRU11/SRU11.html   (1980 words)

 Research Methods and Statistics resources and interactive, online quizzes
This is a good place to start your reading about research methods.
Some of it is advanced and will be covered when you take a research methodology course, but there is a lot of information that will be helflpful to you now.
Although this link will not direct you to specific concepts related to the research methodology section of Introductory Psychology, NIMH is one of the most important and credible scientific facilities in the world.
www.alleydog.com /links-sp/methods.asp   (650 words)

 Amazon.com: Design Research : Methods and Perspectives: Books: Brenda Laurel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The goal of the book is to introduce designers to the many research tools that can be used to inform design as well as to ideas about how and when to deploy them effectively.
Topics of this multi-voice conversation include qualitative and quantitative methods, performance ethnography and design improvisation, trend research, cultural diversity, formal and structural research practice, tactical discussions of design research process, and case studies drawn from areas as unique as computer games, museum information systems, and movies.
Design Research charts the paths from research methods to research findings to design principles to design results and demonstrates the transformation of theory into a richly satisfying and more reliably successful practice.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0262122634?v=glance   (1289 words)

 Research Methods, Fall 99
Evaluate research on the basis of its construct validity, internal validity, external validity, statistical validity, and conformity to APA's ethical principles.
The latter part of the introduction should emphasize future research that could be done and implications of the research.
Exercises might include presenting a research hypothesis to the class, reporting on an article, participating in a debate, and writing a lab report.
spsp.clarion.edu /mm/RDClass/Syllabus.html   (2605 words)

 Research Methods - Authorship and Copyright in AllPsych Online
This ten chapter research methods text is written for both undergraduate and graduate students in education, psychology, and the social sciences.
It focuses on the basics of research design and the critical analysis of professional research in the social sciences from developing a theory, selecting subjects, and testing subjects to performing statistical analysis and writing the research report.
Use the menu on the left to navigate to a specific chapter or click the arrow in the upper right of each page to move to the next section.
allpsych.com /researchmethods   (129 words)

 SOSIG: Research Methods
Research Methods in the Natural and Social Sciences
New Agenda for Interdisciplinary Survey Research Methods, (A): Proceedings of the CASM II Seminar
Methodology: European Journal of Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
www.sosig.ac.uk /roads/subject-listing/World-cat/meth.html   (279 words)

 SAGE Publications - Organizational Research Methods
Sponsored by The Research Methods Division of The Academy of Management
Organizational Research Methods (ORM) brings relevant methodological developments to a wide range of researchers in organizational and management studies and promotes a more effective understanding of current and new methodologies and their application in organizational settings.
I will be glad to hear any ideas you may have to enhance the visibility and impact of ORM further and to discuss the possibility or submitting your work to ORM.
www.sagepub.com /journal.aspx?pid=146   (470 words)

 Mobile Research Methods - Mobile Community Design   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A broad class of methods which occur in the participants' environment and tend to be short term studies.
Either the researcher is already accepted member, or possibly a member could record data for a researcher.
This is a comparison of where methods are most suitable along the temporal spectrum.
mobilecommunitydesign.com /research/comparison/mobile_research_method_review.html   (1338 words)

The focus is on "how-to" do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods.
This page has links to information about human research protection practices, research codes and guidelines, rights of the public, professional standards and ethics and others related to protection.
Anyone can post any annoucement about new conferences, books, research, websites, jobs, funding, reports, data, etc., that may be of interest to sociologists or any other social scientists.
gsociology.icaap.org /methods   (621 words)

 Research Methods and Statistics
An overview of various aspects of evaluation research can be found at this site including information about planning an evaluation cycle, developing an evaluation culture, types of evaluation, evaluation strategies, and evaluation questions and methods.
Site provides links to a number of on-line resources which cover the topics of scientific understanding of behavior, ethical research, research methods and designs, measurement concepts, surveys, experimental designs, conducting research, quasi-experimental and single-subject designs, understanding research results, and writing research reports.
Links to sources of information about qualitative research methods, which is a nontraditional approach popular among some sociologists and social psychologists.
psych.athabascau.ca /html/aupr/tools.shtml   (724 words)

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