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    [MUSIC PLAYING][Top Tips for Planning Your First Research Project]

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    STEVE WATERS: My name is Steve Waters.[Stephen Waters, Founder and CEO Teach Well Alliance] And I'ma former teacher.I'm now a freelance teacher educator and train teachersin secondary schools under fee.I'm also the founder and CEO of the Teach Well Alliance.We support teachers with mental ill health and help schoolsto build well-being communities of teachers, students,

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: and parents.This tutorial will cover how to plan a successful researchproject.Although it is intended for first-time researchers,it will also help more experienced researchersto check that they've included the key steps to gettheir research off the ground.We will cover-- key point one, selecting the topic.

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: Key point two, getting started the project outline.Key point three, keeping a research diary or journal.[Selecting a Topic]Key point one, selecting a topic.Is your research topic already chosen for you?

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: If not, what interests you?Google it to find out what research is being carried outin the area and what has been written about it.Use Twitter to search for the topic as a hashtag.If you are on LinkedIn, search for other researchers who havecarried out work in the field.Make a list.Reduce it to two options.

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: Make sure that you have a strong and unambiguous focusfor your research.Consider what outcomes your research will produce.Your research title should either be a questionor imply that there is a question, whichneeds answering.For example, the role of the pastoral headin two high schools in Manchester

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: can also be written as, "What is the roleof the pastoral head in two high schools in Manchester?"[Getting Started-- the Project]Key point two.Getting started the project outline.Once you have your working title and thishas been approved by your supervisor or course

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: or institution, you need to plan your research in detail.You will need to answer the following questions.Who is going to be included in my research?If you are researching the impact of night work on nursesin an A&E ward, for example, how many nurses will you include?All of them, or a representative sample?

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: What research has already been conducted in this area?What was found?How was the research carried out?Was this a successful method?What method or methods are you goingto use to collect your data--surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations?

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: Is there data which is stored by the organization, whichyou might be able to access?Confidentiality.Do you need permission to carry out your research?From whom?Do you need to guarantee confidentialityfor the participants?Who will read your final research report?

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: If you are submitting the report for a qualification,do you need to consider making itavailable for your participants?[Keeping a Research Diary or Journal]Key point three.Keeping a research diary or journal.Draw up a provisional plan with deadlines

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: for each of the stages of your report for your supervisoror the body who is going to approve your research.This may be an ethics committee.This is especially true if the organization whereyou are conducting your research handlessensitive or confidential records,such as a school, hospital, university,

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: or other public body.The organization supervising your researchmay have a research brief pro formaor template, which you have to use.If not, the following sub-headings should be used.The title of your research.The purpose and focus of the research.

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: Previous research in the area with some key findings.Data collection methods.The findings.Implications for future research in the area.Add notes from these areas to your research journalas you progress.This tutorial has taken you through the process

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: of planning your research, from deciding a research topic,identifying the research question you wish to answer,where the research is to be carried out,and who the participants will be.We then considered previous researchin the area and the research methodyou would use to produce your findings.

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    STEVE WATERS [continued]: Finally, your plan will conclude with a sectionon the implications of what you found for future researchin the area.[Further Reading, Bell & Waters (2018).Doing your research project--A guide for first time researchers. (7th ed.).][MUSIC PLAYING]

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Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year: 2018

Video Type:Tutorial

Methods: Planning research

Keywords: documentation; practices, strategies, and tools; Search engines

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Steve Waters examines the process of planning for a research project. Waters explains how to select a topic, what the considerations are, and how journaling helps organize pertinent information.

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Top Tips for Planning Your First Research Project

Steve Waters examines the process of planning for a research project. Waters explains how to select a topic, what the considerations are, and how journaling helps organize pertinent information.

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