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Introduction to Research Methods

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Emily Ryall

on 29 September 2016

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Transcript of Introduction to Research Methods

Introduction to Research Methods
Aim:
What is research?
The systematic investigation of the world and current beliefs about it in order to establish facts and reach conclusions.
What's the point?
Traditional (scientific) method:
Observation & Experiment
Alternative (scientific) method:
Positivism
Falsificationism
Problem
Proposed Solution (New theory)
Deduction of testable propositions (hypothesis)
Tests (attempted refutation)
Preference between competing theories
Knowledge
Proof / Disproof
Attempted Verification
Hypothesis
Inductive Generalizations
Evaluating evidence...
The ideal student?
Enquiring
Sceptical
Thirsty for knowledge
Can make links and see relationships between different things
Independent
Creative
Identifies problems
Develops own ideas
“Power Balance is based on the idea of optimising the body's natural energy flow, similar to concepts behind many Eastern philosophies. The hologram in Power Balance is designed to resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body.”
To give some context to module – why are we doing it?
To understand what research is, why we do it and to identify some key aspects of ‘doing’ research
Primary
Secondary
Passionate
Dr Emily Ryall
@emilyryall
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