Research Methods Journal

  • Methods

    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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    Drivers for analysis: factor or cluster.

    Factor analysis and cluster analysis both function as powerful multivariate statistic tools that assist the researchers to explore the homogeneity and relationships among variables or subjects (Gorman and Primavera, 2012). Yet they are distinctly different. Only if one understands one’s driver for analysis, as well […]

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  • Methods

    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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    Research Designs: Choosing and Fine-tuning a Design for Your Study

    Researchers can design a study to characterize a single instance of a phenomenon or to make an inference about a phenomenon in a population via a sample. Single-subject (or case) studies are justifiable when sampling is difficult or inappropriate. Psychosocial cases aimed at solving a […]

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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 Design

    Research design can be thought of as the structure of research — it is the “glue” that holds all of the elements in a research project together. We often describe a design using a concise notation that enables us to summarize a complex design structure […]

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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. Systematic reviews were originally developed in the field of medicine, through the Cochrane Collaboration (Hemsley-Brown and Oplatka, 2006). Its […]

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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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  • IVS

    Presumptions and premises underpinning decisions during initial qualitative research design; philosophical considerations projected onto sample or vice versa? By Euodia Ong

    Presumptions and premises underpinning decisions during initial qualitative research design; philosophical considerations projected onto sample or vice versa? By Euodia Ong Bryman (2012, p.46) defines research design as a “framework for the collection and analysis of data”. In addition, Saunders et al. (2009) recognises research […]

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