Essay about Characteristics of Research
Four Main Types of Research Historical research - describes what was-mostly nonobtrusive Descriptive research - describes what …show more content…
Evaluation of Sources Primary sources-original or first hand account of event or experience, persons involved, documents, records or relics Secondary sources-an account that is at least once removed -persons not involved directly with an event but has close knowledge (parents, relatives) -newspaper External Criticism -evaluates the validity of the document -who, when, where it was produced -is the document genuine, authentic -status of author (primary or secondary?) Internal Criticism-evaluates the meaning, accuracy and trustworthiness of the content (comes after external criticism) • Both external and internal criticism are important to establish validity.
Sampling Terms and Procedures Population-inclusive group defined by researcher Sample-representative subset of population -should contain essential elements of population Random Sampling-process of sampling which assures that any subject in the population has an equal probability of being in the sample Systematic counting-uses list to choose every nth person from the population