Activity 16.1: Investigating research proposals

Skimming through various guidelines, the structure of research proposals all have similar layouts where variations typically are found across disciplines. In educational research the following is an initial attempt of highlighting main sections such proposals contain; Introduction – specifying main objectives of the research and the research questions which will be investigated. Literature review – […]

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12.1: Reading 13: Davies and Graff (2005) read and critique this paper

a) Introduction Quoting other studies, should include mentioning what context that particular study has been done. What level of students is being discussed? primary, secondary, post-secondary, teritiary students? Should Introduction focus so much on literature? Should discussion of literature be done in the following section (research design)? Such discussion could help authors construct and justify […]

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11.8 Validity

In course material, Woodley and Aczel (2011) urge readers to distinguish between validity and reliability. Reliability is about whether the research can consistently obtain the same results using different methods. Validity is about whether the methods being used are actually giving the researchers what  they claim such methods do. Campbell & Stanley (1963) stress that […]

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Block 3

TMA 02 TMA02 was somewhat of a rough ride. Looking back at the process I passed through, I think that the assignment question was somewhat open to interpretation. This contrasted with the other OU assignments I have done so far which normally give a clear indication of what the course team are looking for. I […]

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3.6 Reading 4: Oliver et al (2007)

epistomology – the theory of knowledge, especially the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope. Study of the origin, nature, and limits of human knowledge. Q1 Action Research – ‘…Practitioners researching their own educational situations and practices, as a means of improving these.’ Technical action research – ‘instrumentalist view of educational provision and professional […]

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3.5 Laurillard paper

1. Laurillard argues that the way evaulation is done is somewhat predictable and thus the way that such findings are extracted from research needs to become more meaningful. This paper outlines how technologies may improve learning. This is done by looking at existing evidence from literature, which indicate how good learning programs may be developed […]

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