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1.1 Why do we perform an inquiry?
Before we even start to contemplate the meaning of an inquiry, let’s think about our hypothesis(es) because quite frankly, there will be no inquiry without a hypothesis.
“A hypothesis may be defined as a culmination of previously established evidence or an extrapolation of these evidence.” (Bryman, 2008)
Have you ever asked yourself what is an inquiry in the FYP? Don’t we just conduct a research project and at the end of it write a 3000 word report and present an e-poster? Why are supervisors making life so difficult for us 3rd years by asking us to go through the inquiry process? Wait a minute, we still haven’t define what an inquiry is! Now, based on the dictionary definition: An ‘inquiry’ has these meanings (www.dictionary.com):-
1.2 What are the purposes of research and industry projects?
Not all projects in SHL are research based. Some are event management type projects where teams undertake the coordination of an event. Nevertheless, in any type of project, teams are required to do some research to gather information for your study/event.
Research can be conceptualised as exhibiting one or more of the following four purposes:
Exploratory: e.g., discovering, uncovering, exploring
Descriptive: e.g., summarising, gathering info, mapping
Explanatory: e.g., testing and understanding causal relations
Predictive: e.g., predict what might happen in various scenarios
To be continued…
2.1 How are research and industry projects conducted?
2.2 How to ensure reliability and validity in the approach of the research/industry project?
2.3 What are milestones within research and industry projects?
3.1 What is the end-product of research and industry projects?
3.2 How will the end-product be used?
Bryman, A. (2008). Social Research Methods. New York: Oxford University Press.
World Medical Association. Declaration of Helsinki (1964). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Helsinki on 13 March 2010.
Thomas, J. R., Nelson, J. K. (2005). Research Methods in Physical Activity. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.