Research Design: Excessive Water Use Research Proposal by Nicky

Research Design: Excessive Water Use
An overview of the qualitative and quantitative research designs in reference to a proposed study on curbing excessive water usage.
# 148636 | 2,585 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in Environmental Studies (Management) , Research Designs (General)

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The paper explores both qualitative and quantitative reasearch designs that can be employed in a study on excessive water usage and the steps that need to be taken to correct it. The paper summarizes both forms of research and the tools they use and shows how together, these research designs can ensure that any statistical information is addressed while still taking into account how people really feel about the water shortage and what others are thinking of doing to try to reduce it. The paper clearly demonstrates how both quantitative and qualitative studies are a good idea for a topic like excessive water use.

Qualitative Research Summary
Quantitative Research Summary

From the Paper:

"A frequency distribution looks at how often something takes place, or how often certain specific things take place, so that the researcher can look for tie-ins to other events as well as determine whether the frequency of something will have a significant impact on other areas, items, or issues. Graphical representations are also important because it is often necessary for a researcher (and also for those that read the study) to look at what has taken place in a way that clearly shows relationships and other items. Simply stating these things is not the same as showing them graphically and therefore being able to create a graphical representation of the data is often seen to be highly important for the researcher. The clarity of the data is greatly enhanced when using this method (Frank, Madden, & Simons, 2001)"

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Creswell, J. W. (2001) Educational research: Planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. OH: Merrill/Prentice-Hall.
  • Creswell, J. W. (1994). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative approaches. Sage Publications, Inc. Thousand Oaks: CA.
  • Diaz K, O'Hanlon N. (2001). Hot Topics on the Web: Strategies for Research. Reference, and User Services Quarterly, 41(1):25-29.

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