Data collection and analysis hotseat
A hotseat conversation with Dr. Ian Terrell
Imagine you had to collect data on the different types of cacti...A hotseat by Dr. Ian Terrell
Part 1: Data collection
Your opportunity to discuss your thoughts and concerns on the issue of data collection. Before you start you may like to consult the material present here.
Aim of the hotseat:
This hotseat will be shaped by your contributions and queries. Nonetheless, the aim is to familiarise ourselves with the criteria and aim of data collection.
As a basic truth you will need to show that you can systematically collect data using appropraite techniques that are likely to lead to accurate and truthful portrayals or reality. You will also need to demonstrate that you have been selective, and self critical.
Part 2: Data analysis
Data analysis; all i need is a calculator...TRUE or False?
Preview from the data analysis research session:
Your aim and the MA Criteria:
Show that data collection and analysis has been systematic and structured.
Show that you have evaluated the methods you have used and are aware of their strengths and weaknesses.Research is not opinion, belief, or faith in what is true but the systematic collection and analysis of data. So how do you explain the procedure you went through to justify calling it "research" and what issues that may lead to doubts in your accuracy, arise?
A more detailed account of the above criteria and extra resources can be found here.
Please contribute your thoughts, questions and innovations.