The Research Process
The first step of the research process is to come up with the question which we intend to research. This is based on a refined topic or idea, usually one we have a general interest in.
The second step is called a literature review. During this process you need to collect information that is relevant to your idea/question. This information should come from an array of sources including previous research about your topic. The more the researcher is able to read and learn about the topic the better their understanding will be.
Methodology is the proces of organising what methods you intend to use in order to collect and collate your data into answering your question. Become clear on your goals and what you want to achieve during the research.
“Defining the goals and objectives of a research project is one of the most important steps in the research process. Clearly stated goals keep a research project focused.” (Walonick 1993)
Methods should include how you will approach the data collection aspect, what resources, equipment, funding, (if applicible) and to identify any problems you may run into during your investigation and how you can overcome these if required to do so.
Once all the information has been collated, the researcher is required to analyse the interpretations of the information gatthered. Your final analysis and interpretation on your findings should include all perspectives on the topic in order to attain a fair presentation of the research.
You are now able to draw a conclusion to your question by using the evidence from your research. This should be a statement which represenets your findings and in turn answers your question.
“Once the research project’s been conducted we then obviously like to publicise the research so that people can make use of it.” (Keogh 2007)
The final step is Discussion. This is the process of sharing your research with a wider audience.
o Science Learning. Keogh. J. July 2007. Retrieved March 14 2009 from http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/contexts/sporting_edge/sci_media/video/research_process
o StatPac. Walonick. D. S. Ph.D. 2003. Retrieved March 14 2009 from www.statpac.com/research-papers/research-process.htm
o Assessment notes: Guidelines on writing a research proposal. Molloy. F. 2009.