Research Methods

to support students enrolled in RES701

Longitudinal Study from Dunedin

I mentioned the longitudinal study from Dunedin following 1000 babies born 45 years ago.  Here is a very recent article about the study from the NZ Listener – fascinating read!

August 11, 2016 Posted by | General, News | Leave a comment

Welcome!

Hello everyone!  Welcome to Semester 2  2016!

One of your first challenges will be to set up your own wordpress blog (or if you already have one you can create a category for RES701 and use that) and we will be doing that in the first class.  As soon as you have, please email me your url so that I can add it to the site here.  Then you will need to get that first post written!

If you have managed to avoid creating a blog up to now, there are links to instructions about  setting up a wordpress blog here  .

Once you have created your blog please do these things :

  1. Send an email to Clare giving me the URL of your blog so that I can add it to the class blog list.
  2. Make sure your blog has the link to this class blog.
  3. Write your first post  by answering these questions
  • What do you think ‘research’ is?
  • Do you think you will ever need research skills?
  • What do you think a research journal is and who is it written for?
  • What is plagiarism?
  • Why is it important to avoid it?

Answer these questions on your blog as soon as you can to get your blog underway.  You can make it one blog posting or separate ones, either is fine.  I usually find that if my posting gets too long it is better to separate them into individual ones. Please give a little detail in the answer to each question.

To give you an idea of some of the work that students did in previous years I have left the links to their blogs in the sidebar – you are welcome to have a look at them for guidance.

If you want to see what other students are writing you can check out their blogs too – look for the links in the sidebar and leave comments on them if you want to.  It is useful to put the links of other students blogs in your sidebar too.

Please remember to check out the NMIT Online site too – I have put the course outline there and also the assignments – we will be looking at these briefly in our first class.

A link to the notes from our first class will be available here .

July 18, 2016 Posted by | Class Work, General, News | Leave a comment

The dangers of research

I was telling you about the need to protect yourselves as a researcher as well as protecting your participants.  Here is a great example of the dangers of being a researcher rigorously investigating a company that may not be a willing participant!

The education bridge to nowhere

June 9, 2016 Posted by | General, News | Leave a comment