The fundamentals of research planning

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods
Subtitle of host publicationInformation, Systems, and Contexts
EditorsKirsty Williamson, Graeme Johanson
Place of PublicationPrahran, VIC
PublisherTilde University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780734611482
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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