Classroom Based Research Importance

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In this assignment, I will examine the importance of classroom based research (CBR) and discuss its effectiveness when implemented in teaching. Research is defined broadly throughout the academic field. Hitchcock and Hughes (1995, p.5) define research as the means of attaining and interpreting “information and data”. According to Lambert (2012, p.12), “research is purposeful investigation, aimed at finding out things we did not know before”. As shown by Wilson (2013, pp.4-7), CBR identifies information by means of “empirical and theoretical work” based on different aspects of the classroom. This knowledge is then reflected on and presented for others to gain a better understanding of teaching and learning in the classroom. CBR is essential…show more content…
It is used when the researcher commences with a theoretical hypothesis to test (Newman and Benz, 1998). Quantitative researchers believe that an “objective reality exists independent of human perception”(Sale, Lohfeld and Brazil, 2002, p.2). Test items like structured questionnaires that are designed using closed questions. Probability is used to choose large sample sizes (Sale, Lohfeld and Brazil, 2002). From these views it can be seen that the quantitative approach is scientific based. It believes that the information already exists and is there to discover. Human perception does not play a role in the uncovering of new knowledge. A hypothesis is tested to assess its validity. Questionnaires are structured carefully in order to obtain precise information. Large sample sizes are chosen from a random sampling statistical…show more content…
Yin, Stake and Simons are among the most renouned writers when it comes to Case Study Methodology. As with AR, there are many definitions of CS. Yin (2014, p.2) formulated a “twofold definition of case study” which seems to cover all aspects of the methodology. The first part of the definition is based on identifying and studying a “case (phenomenon) in its real-world context, especially when the boundaries between phenomenon and context may not be clearly evident.” Yin links the CS methodology to real life contexts and implies it may be bounded by space or time. The second part of the definition focuses on the “design and data collection” of the case study. It addresses issues such as “data triangulation” aiding the study. Yin outlines the different aspects of a case study and their importance. Therefore, this twofold definition comprises of “the scope and features of a case study”. The CS methodology can be used in many different areas such as Education, Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, etc according to Yin
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