Friday, 6 May 2016

EVALUATION OF A RESEARCH REPORT

The evaluation of a research report is a valuable exercise for the student of educational research. Using a pattern such as the one suggested, the critical analysis of the many aspects of another researcher’s report helps the student to develop competency in his own research and reporting skills. The evaluation aspect is much more useful even to a guide or supervisor for instructing his research scholars in preparing a research report.
The following questions are suggested relating to the various aspects of research report as a possible structure for the analysis:
1. The Title
(a) Is it clear and concise?
(b) Does it promise no more than the study can provide?
2. The Problem
(a) Is it clearly stated?
(b) Is it properly delimited?
(c) Is its significance recognized?
(d) Are specific questions raised and hypotheses are clearly stated?
(e) Are the assumptions and limitations stated?
(f) Are important terms defined?
3. Review of Related Literature
(a) Is it adequately covered?
(b) Are important findings-noted?
(c) Is it well organized?
(d) Is an effective summary provided?
(e) Is the researcher commented adequately? Has he justified that his study is related to the studies and has the deviations from earlier studies.
4. Methodology used for conducting the study:
(a) Is the research design described in detail ?
(b) Is the method adequate?
(c) Is the population defined properly?
(d) Is the sample described?
(c) Are the relevant variables recognized?
 (f) Are appropriate controls provided?
(g) Are data collecting tools appropriate?
(h) Are validity and reliability established?
(i) Is the statistical treatment appropriate?
5. Data Analysis
(a) Is appropriate use made of tables and figures?
(b) Is the textual discussion clear and concise?
(c) Is the analysis of data relationships logical and perceptive?
(d) Is the statistical analysis accurately interpreted?
6. Conclusions and Suggestions
(a) Are the results discussed at length adequately?
(b) Are the inferences stated appropriately?
(c) Are the limitations of the findings enumerated clearly
(d) Are the applications of the findings suggested adequately?
(e) Are some suggestions for further studies proposed appropriately?
Apart from these aspects of research report, its literary presentation should be worth for publications. There should be minimum or no typing errors. The researcher should have the confidence aware of the limitations of his study.

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