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How to gather data for educational research

The topic I am persuing for the research paper is "Fathers' involvement and their children's academic success". The research problem is to "examine the link between increased paternal (fatherly) involvement and a child's academic achievement in school". The main research hypothesis would be "increased fathers' involvement causes better academic achievement for children".

Gathering the data is part of the problem I have - I am much more likely to get responses from involved fathers than non involved fathers. Teachers may not be the best judge of involvement of the fathers. What about single parent families? What should I use to judge academic success? As an outsider I would need special permission to see the records of individual students to compare their successes (a privacy issue). How should I get the permission?

* Question: How should I go about gathering data for this research? Where from? Who to interview? How (getting a permission, what to use to judge academic success, etc.)?

Pls. consider the problems raised above and give me advices on how to gather data for this research. Thank you for your help.

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* Question: How should I go about gathering data for this research? Where from? Who to interview? How (getting a permission, what to use to judge academic success, etc.)?

Pls. consider the problems raised above and give me advices on how to gather data for this research. Thank you for your help.

An idea on who to interview - take out an ad in the newspaper - stating exactly what your purposes are - say you are doing research on Fathers involvement in their children's education - leave a call back number if interested and go from there. That way they are strictly on a volunteer basis. Also let them know you may be releasing the information but their identities will NOT be revealed only if they wish for it to be.

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