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Research Methods

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This is a PDF document that provides a simplified description of the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research methods.
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Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: PowerPoint
Date Added to MERLOT: June 05, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 11, 2016
Keywords: IIIF, slp, kasa, research


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Avatar for Thomas Pfundstein
5 years ago

Thomas Pfundstein (Administrator)

Recommended resource

Avatar for Emily Bonem
5 years ago

Emily Bonem (Student)

This site has a nice brief summary of the main types of research methods as well as examples of each across four different disciplines.  It also includes practice questions and a post-test with a score-sheet that could be printed and turned in as an assignment.  Unfortunately, the post-test answers do not appear to be given anywhere.  Overall, this is a good site that coud be used to reinforce material from lecture.

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Requires Adobe Shockwave Player.

Avatar for Heather Zeng
7 years ago

Heather Zeng (Faculty)

This is an outstanding resource for learning research methods- with a student personalized approach (entering one's name is a great approach). The cases are effective and theyalso link to literature students might find interesting in the field to pursue further.

Avatar for Jay Holden
8 years ago

Jay Holden (Staff)

After reviewing this tutorial material followed by a practice section and a finally a quiz/test I think it is a great resource for introducing the concepts of research methods across multiple disciplines. It is simple yet informative. It also covers a fair amount of detail in a short time using appropriate examples for various disciplines. This material's potential effectiveness as a teaching tool is very high especially in introductory courses.

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The tutorial allows users to navigate anywhere on the site at any point in the learning and is very simple. Adobe Shockwave is needed and linked for download if necessary. Overall this material is a great way to provide students with out of class interactive learning material. **When I used it as an assignment, students had lots of trouble on the post test and getting the results to me wither through a emailed word doc or any other form.. just something to think about.
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Avatar for Maha Bali
8 years ago

Maha Bali (Staff)

Quite a good tutorial for introducing the topic and provides examples from various disciplines; however, the questions in the practice and test are pretty basic

Avatar for don sorsa
13 years ago

don sorsa (Faculty)

Just what I need to help undergrads get a jumpstart on research methods
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Avatar for Nancy J. Pelaez
15 years ago

Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)

This site is under review by the Teacher Education Editorial Review Board. 55

Avatar for Nancy J. Pelaez
15 years ago

Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)

This is one of those sites providing information "for Dummies" that I don't
usually like. However, I have so many students that are simply overwhelmed by
the data handling and statistical approaches to research, and this site, through
graphics and animations, provides a non-threatening overview. Perhaps the
result is a scaffolding of general approaches to research upon which students
can hang the details as they get into specific projects.

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This site is easy to navigate, but perhaps an assignment will help students get
new knowledge out of viewing the Shockwave animations. Examples from Biology, Geology, Psychology, and Sociology are displayed.

Avatar for Barbara Levin
16 years ago

Barbara Levin (Faculty)

Although the information presented here is quite simple, the presentation of it and the ability to self-test should be helpful to undergraduates just learning about research. The examples provide a lot of reinforcement and variety. The interactivity may sustain interest for students who don't usually learn well from text or lecture.

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Need Macromedia Shockwave. The design of this site is well-done. We need more interactive learning modules about topics in education like this one on web. This could serve as a good model.