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An Introduction to the Importance of Research Design

An Introduction to the Importance of Research Design
Stephen Gorard

What is research design?

Research design refers here to the structure and organisation of a research project. In particular it refers to the deployment of the cases (participants) involved in any study, the ways in which those cases can be allocated to subgroups for comparison, the timing and sequence of data collection episodes, and any interventions of interest to the researcher that could affect the research outcomes (de Vaus 2001; Shadish, Cook and Campbell, 2002; Gorard, 2013). The design must be appropriate for the research question(s) to be addressed, and will then make analysis easier, the results safer, and the conclusions drawn from the ...

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