The fundamentals of research planning need considerable attention for successful research outcomes. This chapter discusses the iterative steps required as part of that research planning. It begins with selection of a topic or research problem and then discusses hypotheses and research questions, providing guidance for their development. Examples of research questions/hypotheses are provided for positivist/quantitative studies; research questions for interpretivist/qualitative research, mixed methods and critical ethnography; and matching methodologies for all four sets of questions. The literature review section outlines steps for the writing of a high-quality, critical literature review. The final section discusses the importance of theory, gives examples of different kinds of theories and provides an example of theory development in a PhD study.
|Title of host publication||Research Methods|
|Subtitle of host publication||Information, Systems, and Contexts|
|Editors||Kirsty Williamson, Graeme Johanson|
|Place of Publication||Prahran, VIC|
|Publisher||Tilde University Press|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|