Keep a research journal: It is important

Keeping a research journal can be a very powerful research tool. Many great minds and historical figures used to journal, including Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison and many more. Very few people I come across keep a research journal, they often don't even know about the concept. I want to share information … Continue reading Keep a research journal: It is important

The Importance of the Research Question (and how to discover yours)

The other night, I was having a chat to my father about research and methods. He is an academic in engineering, and very much a positivist. I really enjoy discussions with him about research methods and measurement because he approaches thing from such a different perspective. One of the things I love is that even … Continue reading The Importance of the Research Question (and how to discover yours)

NVivo, literature review, research design and analysis

NVivo and the literature review In my last post, I wrote about some of the benefits I have encountered using NVivo for a literature review. Over the course of this year, I am going to be doing a series of posts that will go through the process of using NVivo for a literature review. The … Continue reading NVivo, literature review, research design and analysis

What should be included in a research methods course, but is often left out?

Over the last couple of weeks, I've had conversations with people about the content of research methods courses at universities. The main question seems to be what needs to be included to make it a good course? The answer may differ for an undergraduate course compared to a postgraduate one, though I think there are still some … Continue reading What should be included in a research methods course, but is often left out?