Data collection instruments should be described in this chapter, and will vary depending on the method you are using.
For example, if you are fielding an original survey, your instrument will be your survey questions along with the directions you provide respondents.
Note that a literature review is an analytical summary of the past work relevant to your topic.
This is more than just writing a paragraph summarizing the main point of each article you read!
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You will also need to complete training on the protection of human research participants (Institutional Review Board required) prior to conducting data collection.Finally, identify the limitations of your study and present your recommendations for future research.Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.For example, a feasibility study-based thesis may not follow the typical format outlined below: In this chapter you essentially need to outline what your thesis is about i.e., provide the background to your study, and clearly identify the gap in the literature that your study will fill.This chapter should summarize the literature that is relevant to your research project, bringing out where the gaps in the literature are, and how your research helps to fill in one or more of these gaps.Every data analysis process will be different depending on the design of the study and the type of data collected.For example, if you use content analysis to analyze qualitative data, you will describe how you conducted the content analysis and outline the major categories/coding schemes used.It is strongly advised that you complete this training in the spring semester of your junior year if you think that your research will include human participation. In this chapter you will describe the findings of your study.Describe your respondents and clearly outline the results of your data analyses.If you are conducting qualitative interviews, your instrument will be your interview “guide” or list of questions.In this chapter you should also outline the techniques used to analyze the data that you have collected.