A brief written summary of the purpose, aims, results and conclusions of your research; separate from the dissertation.
Where the researcher is involved in a situation, makes changes and observes the effects.
An ordered list of all works consulted or referred to in the dissertation.
Research into a particular business or defined institution, describing and investigating the issues and relationships.
Exploring the possible relationships between variables.
A sample chosen because it is easily accessed.
All the information and facts collected.
A variable which takes on values when an independent variable is deliberately altered.
Describing what exists in your sample, without analysing variables.
Based on observation, experiment and recording.
The philosophy of knowledge and ways of knowing.
Protocols adopted to ensure research is confidential and sensitive
Study of a group’s culture, customs and behaviour by observation and recording.
Obtaining data by quantitative methods with scientific precision and control.
This tests whether your results can be applied or be useful to others.
Structured study of past events to help understand current problems.
A tentative or supposed proposition based on observed happenings or theories about a testable relationship or quality.
The variable controlled by the researcher to investigate its effects on others.
Any research ‘tool’ such as a questionnaire used to obtain data.
Subjective explaining and interpreting data.
A scale where test and measurement results have supposedly equal intervals.
Scales designed to label or categorise groups and their qualities.
Ranking people according to how they possess a given quality.
Considering only observable, objective facts.
A non-random sample of those believed to be representative.
Concerned with description, qualities and observation – used to investigate views and opinions.
Concerned with measurement and numbers. – used to demonstrate incidence and prevalence
A structured set of written questions to obtain information from a sample.
Every member of the population has an equal chance of being selected.
A scale that has intervals and an absolute zero.
Would you get the same results if you repeated the procedure?
A proposed focus of inquiry; what you want to find out.
A group selected from a studied population which supposedly possesses the same characteristics as the whole.
A schedule for interviews which has a partially planned framework.
A completely planned framework of interview questions.
A proportional sample selected to represent an identifiable group
A method of obtaining data about variables from a population or a sample.
A sample taken at equal, regular intervals, e.g. every tenth name on a register.
How far you are actually measuring the variable that you say you are measuring.