How to do a research project


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How to do a research project

  1. 1. ACS 301 November 13, 2008 Doing Research
  2. 2. Key themes <ul><li>A word about project management </li></ul><ul><li>The elements of a research report </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The research report as a story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The research report as an argument </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why do a literature review? </li></ul><ul><li>What does a conclusion do? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is your project objective? I want to understand why mothers and daughters get estranged. This is important because it might help people stay in healthy relationships. It also might help therapists create effective counseling techniques. <ul><li>Why should anyone care? </li></ul><ul><li>What good will come out of it? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer these “so what” questions in your discussion. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Project Management Triangle
  5. 5. The Research Project Process
  6. 6. Doing research How do I actually DO a research project? Keep good records; write a lot. Know your software and hardware tools. It always takes longer than you think. And stay safe.
  7. 7. Elements of A Research Report
  8. 8. The Elements of A Story Gustav Freytag’s Pyramid
  9. 9. The Research Project as A Story
  10. 10. The purpose of the lit review <ul><li>To know what is already known </li></ul><ul><li>To learn from others’ mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>To reveal research approaches </li></ul><ul><li>To develop an analytic framework </li></ul><ul><li>Find some variables </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest research questions </li></ul><ul><li>Help with interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>Pegs to hang your findings </li></ul><ul><li>It is expected </li></ul>Practical Practical Practical Storytelling Storytelling Storytelling Practical Practical Crap
  11. 11. The Research Project as An Argument “ An argument is a set of statements that claims that one or more of those statements, called premises, support another of them, called the conclusion” (Hughes & Lavery, 2004, p. 19).
  12. 12. Structure of a “simple” argument Premise Conclusion
  13. 13. Discrimination Argument Minority baseball players have less field time. The coach says they are just as talented. Baseball rosters are discriminatory. Therefore Premise 1 Premise 2 Inferential indicator Conclusion
  14. 14. Explanations are not arguments They’re less capable. Minority baseball players have less field time. They have less experience. They’re discriminated against.
  15. 15. Relevant Premise? Baseball is owners are generally White. Baseball rosters are discriminatory.
  16. 16. Relevant Premise? Baseball owners pay white players more. Baseball rosters are discriminatory. Minority baseball players have less field time. Therefore…..
  17. 17. What does a conclusion do? I’m creating a caregiving policy that allows daughters to quit work to take care of mothers. How is your research relevant? Mothers and daughters do not automatically have close relationships. Divorce, birth order, and geographic location all play a role. <ul><li>Take a position on a controversy. </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on what findings mean. </li></ul>