Steps in validating a new research survey instrument
Now you are ready to think about planning your overall approach to collecting data.Data is effectively another word for information that can be found through secondary or primary data collection.Both classes contained subjects with the same characteristics from the population sampled.Both classes followed the same lesson plan and were taught by the same teacher in the same semester. Although Snyder set this study up as an "experiment," she used many qualitative approaches to supplement her findings.Snyder also notes that in retrospect she should have used case studies of the students to further develop her findings.
You should, however, just think of the question or hypothesis; that itself stipulates a kind of methodology to be used.
However, the nature of research can be very complex and when you are reading textbooks on research methodology you will come across many unfamiliar words and terms.
We will look, once again, at types of research and explain some of the terms. As you review each, consider whether the description fits the way you envisioned your research investigation.
The difference between the two methods is in the overall form and in the emphasis and objectives of the study.
The following chart might help you to decide what approach to use with certain methods and tools: It is important to remember that all methods of data collection can supply quantitative data (numbers, statistics or financial) or qualitative data (usually words or text).
In a study of computer-assisted writing classrooms, Snyder (1995) employed both qualitative and quantitative approaches.