ERIC Number: ED328543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Planning Small-Scale Research. SCRE Spotlights, 27.
This paper discusses the nature of research and identifies some of the questions which it is important to address at the planning stage and to return to throughout the life of any research study. In a discussion of the nature of research, it is noted that research findings must be potentially generalizable. The criteria for identifying research questions are discussed and suggestions are made on research methods. The discussion covers the feasibility and/or appropriateness of approaches, such as surveys or case studies, and practical considerations, such as how extensively the literature should be reviewed and how to do data collection. It is pointed out that a researcher's responsibility also includes noting the limitations of the study. (JD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Data Collection, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Observation, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Tools, Researchers, Surveys
The Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8JR.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.