Articulate your understanding of research design and its relationship to a research problem, research questions, research methods, and other aspects of conducting research. 3 pages© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 8:27 am ad1c9bdddf
To do research means to investigate a problem in a thorough, scientific manner as detailed as possible, following the scientific form of inquiry explained as follows (DreamWorks, 2016), " refers to a broad framework for studying and learning more about the world around us in a scientific manner. It is not so much a series of absolute, unchangeable steps as a guideline to the method that must be used when trying to reach a scientifically acceptable theory about a subject matter." Dependent upon the field - which can be broadly divided into natural and social sciences it includes identifying a problem, finding questions, forming a hypothesis, testing said hypothesis through experiment or fieldwork data, analysis and the writing up of results. What is important is that the process of the study is explained so that it can be conducted again with results open for retesting.
In conducting research which is the broader application of the scientific method, especially in the social sciences, the following elements are of great importance:
a) Design - this is a strategy a researcher utilizes to undertake the research - sort of like a roadmap. Essentially it (USC, 2016) allows researchers to, "Integrate the different components of the study in a coherent and logical way, thereby, ensuring you will effectively address the research problem; it constitutes the blueprint for the collection, measurement, and analysis of data. Note that your research problem determines the type of design you should use...The function of a ...
The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of elements in doing a research study, including a discussion on design, problems, questions, methods, literature review, etc. and their relationship. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.