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					Tool 3: Outline of a research report (pilot study, dissertation, thesis)

                                                                I have        I haven’t      I have made a    I haven’t made a     I haven’t
                                                              completed     finished this,    start on this   start on this but     made a
                                                                 this         but I feel      but have got        I am now          start on
                                                                          confident that I     stuck and      worried about it       this, I
                                                                            know what I        need some             now!         need help!
                                                                          want to say and         help
                                                                           how to write it

 Introduction and background to my research
 (Background to the study)

 Literature review
 (Critical discussion of research literature relevant to my
 topic)

 Research questions
 (Main and subsidiary research questions)

 Theoretical / conceptual framework
 (Key theories and concepts which will underpin my study)

 Methodological framework
 (The research paradigm that underpin my study,
 qualitative / quantitative strategies)

 Design / Methodology
 (Description and defense of chosen research approach
 (cross-sectional study/ survey, case study, other)

 Methods
 (data-collection instruments)

 Procedure
 (Description of the way I conducted the study)

 Validity, reliability, trustworthiness
 (Account of steps taken to ensure the above in your
 study)

 Ethics
 (Account of the steps taken to ensure the research
 followed ethical guidelines)

 Findings
 (A summary of the main findings emerging from the
 analyses)

 Analysis
 (Account of the procedures adopted for analysing the
 data)

 Discussion
 (Discussion of the findings in relation to a). my research
 questions, and existing research (as discussed in the
 literature review)

 Conclusions
 (Discussion of the implications of the study for policy,
 practice and further research)

 References
 (List of references used in the text)

 Appendices
 (Collection of appendices relevant to the study)

(Courtesy of Dr Chris Comber, University of Leicester, UK).

				
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