October 3 rd
NB: Be aware of peer reviewed sources// look at the footnotes
Meta analysis: advance technic, dive in the larger picture. Requires extensive
knowledge of the literature.
Framework of analysis:
- Includes key concepts, indicators && variables, and definition of the theory.
Your perspective on an issue
Provides you with a perspective of the world
It gives you a hypothesis that one can test.
Test what the theory suggests.
o Key Concepts
Helps define key terms
o Variables and Indicators
Dependent variables stays constant, and independent variables
can change the dependent variable’s nature
They have a causality/ the relationship between the
independent and dependent variable.
This doesn’t have to be used all the time (this being directed to
the use of variable)
In the business of quantitative and qualitative research (should
logical relationship between the independent and dependent
variables is the very difficult)
- Explicit references
- What is a good framework of analysis
o Framework adapted to subjects?
Finding a theoretical framework that matches with your topic/
o Framework adapted of question
o Hypothesis logically related to framework
How to find a good research question?
- What’s so interesting about it?
- How is the topic relevant about this question?
- The more specific you are, the more successful you’ll be.
o The more focus you are, the more able you’ll be to answer this
o Don’t ask trivial research question.
- Defined unit of analysis
o You have to define your key terms,
o You’ll get a clear idea of what you’re talking about and how the frame
should be made. - Diff. types of questions
o Exploratory, Descriptive and Explanatory
o Weakest one; Descriptive
Our job is to analyse after the description
Exploring a field of study
Tries to test a theory/variables/ enrich theoretical
- Helps you focus of the purpose of the paper
o Eg. To describe and compare.
(read chapters 17 and 18)
Chap. 1, 2, 5( how to ask q's in an interview// which types of question// read
w/focus on what question type with what purpose), 17 & 18.
Drive home 2/3 points:
VIDEOS: Choosing and Narrowing Research Topics for APA and MLA Essays
Points of a literature papers// the ability to debate
DEBATABLE// PLAUSIBLE// CONSEQUENTIAL
Personal interest and motivation