Monday, February 16, 2009
Data is collected and organized in many different methods. Surveys, recordings, observations, opinions, oral discourse, written discourse, and through conversations and de/briefings. If the researcher has a defined hypothesis or theory, the research trends can be compared in some way. The idea of development and code come into play during the analysis.
Generalizations can be made based on the purpose of the research. If hard evidence and trends are demanded, then a well-documented and tested study needs to be completed. Studies are usually generalized though and typically state that future research may be required. Yet, some research may be composed of many case studies to present an argument.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
ways that researchers must deal with human subjects?
Internet-based research needs to take into consideration basic human rights while conducting research. The IRB notes how Beneficence, Justice, and Respect for Persons must be upheld.
Depending on the nature of the online research, one must carefully consider if the human subjects understand the risks, are aware of the research, have consented to the research, and that respect is upheld. Gathering or publishing data that did not follow is unacceptable.
After reviewing the CITI modules online (requested by Clemson's review board), I am much more familiar with the histories of unethical research and the resulting consequences.