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1 Chapter 7 Designing a Research Plan Zina OLeary

2 From Questions to Answers There are often a number of ways to credibly move from questions to answers, with each path giving a different perspective. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

3 From Questions to Answers The Path… Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

4 From Questions to Answers Multiple Paths… Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

5 From Questions to Answers Paths and Perspective… Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

6 Prerequisites of Methodological Design Methodological options may be diverse, but credible design is reliant on three key prerequisites: 1.the design addresses the question 2.it is suited to the researcher 3.you have the ethics approval, resources, time, and access necessary to accomplish the task. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

7 Getting your Methodological Design on Target Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

8 Addressing the Question A strong methodological plan has logical links between aims, questions and eventuating methodology. Clarity and precision in your question can readily lead to a range of method possibilities that should be considered on the basis of both their logic and practicality. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

9 Suited to the Researcher As a researcher you need to design methods that sit well with your own epistemological frameworks, interests, and skills. You will also need to be comfortable taking on particular roles such as: Theorist - the philosopher or thinker Scientist - the objective expert Change agent - the emancipator Bricoleur - the jack of all trades Choreographer - the coordinator of a dance. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

10 Practicalities Regardless of how appropriate your methodological design might be for you and your question, if you do not have: ethics approval adequate funds/resources enough time access you will need to rethink your approach. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

11 Getting Down to the Nuts and Bolts of Design Getting down to the nitty gritty of design involves being able to answer basic questions of: who, where, when, what, and how Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

12 Who Who do you want to be able to speak about? Who do you plan to speak to/ observe? Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

13 Where What is the physical domain of your sample? Are settings relevant to the credibility of your methods? Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

14 When How do your methods fit into your timeframe? Is timing relevant to the credibility of your methods? Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

15 How How will I collect my data? How will I conduct my methods? Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

16 What What will you look for/ what will you ask? Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

17 Emergent Methodological Design With an emergent design researchers do not predetermine all of the details of their methodological protocols in advance of going into the field. This is quite distinct from haphazard or ill-defined designs. For example, in the case of both grounded theory and action research, emergence itself is a well- considered and planned part of the process. These methodologies require as much rigour as do more traditional approaches to research. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage


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