Conducting Good Quality Research and Dissemination
This course is concerned with the fundamental principles and standards for conducting quality research. Conducting high quality research plays a crucial role in disseminating research findings. Dissemination is the process of sharing information and knowledge. It is an intrinsic element of all good research practice, whatever the academic discipline. Dissemination provides added value to research projects since the impact of research can be potentially wider than the original focus. Indeed, it enhances the profile of researchers and strengthens their capacity. Dissemination strategies therefore should be incorporated into the earliest planning stages of a research study. The issues in relation to assessing the quality of research, among others, are discussed focusing primarily on the following critical questions:
• Is the research ethical?
• Is the purpose of the research clear?
• Does the researcher adopt a critical stance?
• Is the research reported in a manner that is coherent?
• Does the work make some kind of contribution to knowledge?
• Have the research methods been appropriately chosen and justified?
• Has data been collected and analyzed in a technically competent manner?
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