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Research Methods


Definition of Research: Bailey 1991 " A systematic process of gathering and synthesising empirical data so as to genereate knowledge on a given population for a selected topic"
Definition of Research: Haslam and McGarthy 1998 " A commitment to test knowledge through observation and if possible experimentation"
Definition of Research: Pring 2005 (paraphrased) " Research methods are our way of discovering whether, why and with whoom therapies work to make our clinical practice more scientific"
CLAHRCs are... Groups of individuals from academic, manegerial and clinical backgrounds who help to translate reseach into new clinical practices
Research question A clear and precise statement about what you intend to investigate
Variable (Cozby, 2004) Any event, bahviour or individual characteristic that have 2 or more values
Nominal Categories are mutually exclusive and unordered e.g. conductive, sensorineural or mixed loss
Ordinal Categories are mutually exclusive and ordered e.g. mild, moderate, severe and profound
Discrete A variable that can assume the value of any whole number integer e.g. number or hearing aid users
Continuous A variable that can assume any numerical value e.g. Hearing loss in dB SPL
Operational definition the description of a variable in terms of exactly what it is and how it will be measured in the study
Primary research question The focus of the study
Secondary research question Other questions to be investigated relating to the hypothesis of the study
Created by: Youworktoohard