Interpretation of research results

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  • Influences on the research process
    • Choice of topic
      • Personal reasons -promotion, qualification
      • Funding - who's paying for costs
      • Academic Interest - must want to study area
    • Methods used in research
      • Ethical constraints -limits to what researchers prepared to do to obtain info
      • Appropriate methods - some more appropriate, depending on topic
      • Theoretical approaches - different approaches suggest different forms of research
      • Costs & Time - constrained by costs and time available
    • Interpretation of research results
      • Personal beliefs - can be biased or influenced by personal beliefs
      • Theoretical orientation -often provide different ways of interpretation
      • methods used - different methods often provide different slants on an issue, influencing interpretation


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