Conducting an educational research study is an intensive but intensely rewarding process. The following tutorial provides step-by-step guidance for conducting an educational research study according to the University of Jos guidelines. These guidelines can be slightly modified for other educational research studies. Other social science researchers can also use these guidelines by adapting the general principles of research methods to their own domain of study.
I highly recommend that each researcher starts by reading the Overview of Scientific Research so you are clear on the general principles of educational research. If you have already started your project and need advice about a particular step, you can then click on that step. If you are just starting a research study, click NEXT to review the entire research process before you begin.
If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or errors, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more references, here are general guidelines on writing each portion of a thesis according to the UniJos Faculty of Education guidelines. This page links to PowerPoint presentations that describe each aspect of writing and conducting a research study for a thesis, as well as three step-by-step examples of conducting a research study.
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