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Say you were interviewing an expert researcher regarding different aspect of the research process:using this checklist, Complete this expert researcher interview??

1. How do you start a research project?

2. What specific tools do you use (e.g., library resources, computer software, forms of measurement, statistics)?

3. How did you gain your expertise with the various tools you use?

4. What are some important experiences you suggest for a novice researcher?

5. If I wanted to learn how to become a competent researcher, what specific tools would you suggest I work with?

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Research is a key component in many fields including social sciences, medicine, education and industry. In the Health sciences research is particularly important to advance knowledge and build evidence bases. With research such a key factor in health sciences it is very important it is carried out to a high standard, and is both reliable (the same results will be found again under similar conditions) and valid (you measure what you purport to measure).


Usually the research project will start with the proposal (what you are going to do and why). Such proposals are often subject to ethical approval and as such they need to be both informative and well thought out. Proposals for research projects may also generate money in the form of commissions and as such the funding bodies require information on whether the research is going to be reliable, valid and also look at an important aspect that will benefit the field in some way. For research proposals within education (for courses such as MSc, PhD, under-grad) the research needs to be well thought-through, with background research completed to ensure a new topic is being investigated, rather than you just repeating something that has been done before (unless this is your aim to replicate a study).

You will also need to think about how long the research is going to take, who is going to be involved (participants and other researchers). How you are going to attract your participants/gain your data and what methods of analysis you are going to employ. These may be qualitative (such as questionnaires/interviews/focus groups) or quantitative (standardised questionnaires, measurement tools). The type of methods you use will have a direct effect on the type of analysis. Quantitative methods will be statistically analysed and qualitative will be analysed using thematic/discourse analysis (there are other forms of analysis too). Generally, quantitative research will have a ...

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Steps in the research project are presented.