Answering your significant research questions with the aid of a research matrix

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Maxwell, T. W. and Smyth, Robyn. 2012. "Answering your significant research questions with the aid of a research matrix ." Denholm, Carey and Evans, Terry (ed.) Doctorates downunder. Melbourne, Australia. Australian Council for Educational Research. pp. 82-91
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Answering your significant research questions with the aid of a research matrix

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID11530
Book TitleDoctorates downunder
AuthorsMaxwell, T. W. (Author) and Smyth, Robyn (Author)
EditorsDenholm, Carey and Evans, Terry
Edition2nd edition
Page Range82-91
Number of Pages10
Year2012
PublisherAustralian Council for Educational Research
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9781742860244
Web Address (URL)https://shop.acer.edu.au/acer-shop/product/A5251BK;jsessionid=8BFA060BF5E5FF75A188FD3B1065819E
Abstract

There are two parts to this chapter: the first contains some ideas about identifying significant research questions and how to structure the argument leading to their identification. On the way, we point out some useful tools to assist you in your study. The second part introduces you to our research matrix as a device to facilitate your work. The matrix is a table or spreadsheet that uses the significant questions as the organising feature (left-hand column) guiding the research design and the methodological decisions of the study (headings of the first row). Many of our candidates have found using the research matrix has repaid their efforts for a number of reasons. For some it is a tool that allows them to see the study as it develops, and eventually the whole study is apparent in the one place. For others il keeps them on track because it provides a vehicle for discussion with supervisors.

Keywordsdoctorate; supervision; student help; research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
360205. Technical writing
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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