In this free course, Understanding different research perspectives, the various perspectives (subjective/objective and interpretivist/positivist) that a researcher can take in investigating a problem have been discussed, as well as the issues that need to be considered in planning the project (ethics, research design, research strategy and research methodology). This fits with the first two stages of the overall research process as shown in Table 2.
Table 2 The research process
|Identify a research topic and draft research questions|
|Refine research questions and define the research design|
|Review the literature|
|Determine the research methodology and test data collection tools|
|Collect the data|
|Analyse and interpret the data|
|Write the research report|
|Reflect on the research process|
The activities in this course have guided you through these first two processes.