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Chapter 1: The Nature and Tools of Research
Transcript of Chapter 1: The Nature and Tools of Research
The Human Mind
What Is Research
The belief that with appropriate measurement tools, scientists can objectively uncover absolute, undeniable truths about cause-and-effect relationships within the physical world and human experience (Leedy & Ormrod, 2010. p.7)
Research is the systematic process of collecting analyzing, and interpreting information in order to increase our understanding of a phenomenon about which we are interested or concerned (Leedy & Ormrod, 2010. p.2)
What is the problem/question?
What is my goal?
What are the subproblems within the problem?
Let's make hypotheses and assumptions.
What is the plan?
Let's look at the facts.
What does this all mean?
The belief that true objectivity in seeking absolute truths can be an elusive goal (Leedy & Ormrod, 2010. p.7)
The idea that the "realities" researchers identify are nothing more than human creations that can be helpful in finding subjective meanings withing the data collected (Leedy & Ormrod, 2010. p. 8)
The Human Mind
Now it is your turn!
Given a random topic, decide as a group what could be a problem in that topic area. Then come up with a plan for how you could conduct your research.