What is Research?
- Research is the analysis by others and the practitioner of knowledge from numerous sources. It is also the application of new knowledge to develop and evolve works new to the practitioner.
- Improving and producing work after finding out the information improve.
- Systematic approach.
- Learning how to better the end product or result.
- Learning new techniques and processes.
- Accumulation of knowledge.
- Gathering data i.e. location or subject.
- Problem solving.
The first task for the ‘Research Methods’ module is to produce a portfolio of printed photographs. Each of the final portfolio photographs will be the culmination of an evolutionary process. Each of the portfolio images must be different from the others in the portfolio in subject selection, techniques and processes used. It will be expected that the final portfolio photographs will be photographic exemplars and will allow you to ‘show off’ much of what you have learned in the first year of the course.
Data Collection Methods:
Primary Research is carried out to answer specific questions or issues. It can involve questionnaires, interviews and experiments with individuals or groups. Experiments, investigations or tests are carried out to acquire first hand data.
Secondary Research is bringing together all the things learned. It involves summaries, collation and other synthesis of existing research. It can involve the internet, books, journals, blogs, academic papers and documents. Always obtain information from two sources.
Qualitative Research is exploratory requiring visits to lots of places, accumulating materials and reaching decisions. It is used to gain understanding of underlying reasons, opinions and motives. It helps to develop an hypothesis for potential research.
Quantitative Research is formal, objective and systematic process were numerical data is used to obtain information. It is used to describe variables, examine relationships between variables to determine the cause and effect between variables.
Mechanics of Research is providing an explanation for something that has happened.
Hypothesis is a proposed explanation.
Research Question is an answerable inquiry to a specific concern or issue. It is also a statement that identifies the phenomenon to be studied.
A Literature Review is an evaluative report of information found in the literature relating to area of study. The review should describe, summarise, clarify and evaluate this literature. It should give a theoretical base for the research and help to determine the nature of research.
Plagiarism is taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own.
Ethics is defending and recommencing concepts of right and wrong, sourcing work and treating everyone with respect.