ERIC Number: ED071729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Communication Research for Librarians.
Penland, Patrick R.
Research design is a product of the scientific method in Western Civilization whose major purposes are to eliminate the biased judgements of individual researchers and to ensure replication of the study. In general, the formal protocol of the research design includes several elements: theoretical position out of which the hypotheses to be tested grew; relation of definitions to the measurement scales; methods of observation (data collection) and sampling; analysis of data and summary of findings; conclusions and recommendations for further research. Such in outline is the overall format of the formal report of basic research. With it alone, another investigator should be able to perform precisely the same study with no other information but the protocal of the research design itself. The task of an author of a research study is to establish, and then describe with precision, the way in which the following elements of a study are to be defined: subject, attribute, setting, moment, and method. (For related documents see: LI 004 134, ED 048 902, ED 049 801 through 049 804, and ED 054 840-054 841) (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Definitions, Information Science, Librarians, Library Science, Research Design, Research Methodology
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.
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