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Three-structure Interviews: Structure, Length and Spacing

A three-structure interview must take in three stages: semi-structured, unstructured and narrative interview. Three categories are not interchangeable, and hence it is crucial that you respect the structure of the interview. Structure It is not surprising that participants will narrate a story about their present experience in the context of a topic. You may be tempted to be all ears to comprehend their experience, but this should be followed in the second stage of the interview. If you do not keep yourself from carrying it on, it will deteriorate the focus of your interview and the sense of purpose. read...

Spoiler Alert! Know the key secrets to outstanding oral research presentation at conferences

Writing, submitting and defending your research paper are the biggest challenges you have to overcome to accomplish your PhD degree. However, merely presenting your research in front of your peers or your internal review committee wouldn’t add much value to your academic career. To be recognised as a professional researcher and to showcase your study, you must present your paper in academic conferences or seminars. read...

Revising and editing your thesis; Is it important?

Are you giving enough time to the editing and revision of your thesis? If the answer is ‘No’, you need to act right now! Revision is the last step in your thesis, but the most important one. Giving a second pair of eyes to your academic document can do wonders, and save you from blaring blunders.  Imagine sending your thesis to the mentor(s) without editing and proofreading it. It will be nothing more than a clumsily written paper with lots of grammatical mistakes which may lead to a simple rejection. Typos will never take your thesis in the right direction. Hence, make sure to revise and edit your writing to avoid any pesky little mistakes from downplaying your research work.  read...

Measuring relationship strength in meta analysis

The primary function of the procedures described so far is to help meta-analysis accept or reject the null hypothesis .Until recently,most researchers interested in social theory and the impact of social interventions have been content to simply identify relations that have some explanatory value.The prevalence of this “yes or no” question was partly due to the relativity recent development of the social sciences. Social hypothesis were crudely stated first approximation to the truth .Social researchers rarely asked how potent theories or interventions were for explaining human behaviour or how competing explanations compare with regard to their relative explanatory value .Today, as their theories and interventions are becoming more sophisticated ,social scientists are more often making enquiries about the size of relationship. read...

Summarizing and interpreting the information in case study research – PhD Help Series

In case study research,making sense of information collected from multiple sources is a recursive process in which the researcher interacts with the information throughout the investigative process.In other words, unlike some forms of research in which the data are examined only at the end of information collection period ,case study research involves ongoing examination and interpretation of the data in order to reach tentative conclusions and to refine the research questions .Case study researchers adhere to several guidelines as they simultaneously summarize and interpret information gathered when doing case study research. read...

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