RPP W1 – Thoughts + Workings

The teacher is promising, speaks honestly – striking a fine balance between informal pleasantry and formality – but commonly doesn’t appear to want many questions. It’s helpful for all learners to be afforded as much exposition as time allows.

The aims were clarified with a great explanation and most of the course materials were given out on the first day – which is a greatly beneficial change.

  • Big data is nothing but contextless values without a plan for analysis. Formatting, filtering and summarising to gain information that is to be further interpreted for decisions or actions. The results of research turn information/trivia into knowledge.
  • The encompassing cycle for the one above involves observation to construct operational definitions, by building a theoretical framework for association.
  • Analysis relies on algorithms or Fx functions that are defined by requirements.
  • Scientific research is best carried out in a systematic an organised manner to objectively discover relevant information with appropriate research methods.
  • SWOT and PEST are focuses to aid planning maintenance of operations. Internal factors SW, External OT.
  • I must have more effective use of the library and literature, better communication – being sure to cite references instead of just list them as a bibliography.
  • Research is basic when its results are for general use, Pure when it results in a new discovery or innovation. Applied research is done to answer a specific question.


Other research types, lesson slide

  • There are also categories for Experiments, Quasi-experiments, Action research, Surveys, Case Studies, Longitudinal, Ethnographic.
  • Data must be numerous and is not always easy to get
  • Good book = Conjectures + Refutations
  • Parsimony is currency in research, involving clear communication of findings
  • Occam’s razor, shaving off levels until none are left, shaping theory
  • Quantitative research is deductive analysis, that begins from a theory/ firmly defined hypothesis, to produce inductive generalisation.
  • Qualitative research , beginning from reality is inductive and results in exemplar generalisations.
  • The primary aim of research is to solve problems, involved are costs; time, financial and ethical.

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