Research Methods

  • Hypothesis

    Challenges in hypothesis formulation: to reject or accept?

    A hypothesis starts out with a researcher having initial hunches with he/she attempting to answer a specific research question. Watson (n.d. cited Bryman and Bell, 2011) and Newby, 2010 defines a hypothesis as a testing of the possible relationship between two or more variables in […]

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    Implicit assumptions guide choice of qualitative method: how and why do numerous and distinct methods demonstrate a preference over others: by Vivian Yang

    Implicit assumptions guide choice of qualitative method: how and why do numerous and distinct methods demonstrate a preference over others. By Vivian Yang Introduction Qualitative research, as opposed to the other paradigms are commonly seen as a naturalistic and interpretative approach that emphasises on words […]

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  • Research

    Testing hypothesis: methods, confidence and significance

    A hypothesis, defined by Bryman and Bell (2011) is “an informed speculation, which is set up to be tested, about the possible relationship between two more variables”. It is frequently deduced from the theory and is tested (Ibid). When a hypothesis is suggested, statistics are […]

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    Trustworthiness in qualitative data collection and analysis

    Criticisms of the lack of objectivity and generalizability are often associated with the qualitative method (Phillimore and Goodson, 2004). Extracting and analysing qualitative data is not a straightforward process due to the nature of the method. Furthermore, unlike the analysis of quantitative approach, there is […]

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    Grounded theory as sub-set of qualitative analyses

    Qualitative data analysis, which will be referred in the latter contexts as QDA, is defined by Lewins et al. (2010) as a range of processes “whereby we move from the qualitative data that have been collected into some form of explanation, understanding or interpretation” of […]

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    Systematic Literature Review

    A systematic literature review is a review where all procedures are documented – the research audit trail of databases and search terms used is made explicit

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    Writing a literature review part 2

    This will explain what a literature review is and offer insights into the form and construction of a literature review in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

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    Writing a literature review Part 1

    a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work.

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    Analysing Qualitative Data

    Taken from the Research Methods for Business lecture series. A useful overview of the nature of analysing qualitative data.

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    Qualitative Research – Airy Fairy or Fundamental?

    A useful article which gets to the fundamentals of what qualitative research is - recommended for all those wanting to understand more about this type of research. The article clearly identifies the distinct difference in approach with qualitative research as opposed to quantitative.

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