1. Descriptive research seeks to describe the current status of an identified variable. These research projects are designed to provide systematic information about a phenomenon. The researcher does not usually begin with a hypothesis, but is likely to develop one after collecting data. The analysis and synthesis of the data provide the test of the hypothesis. Systematic collection of information requires careful selection of the units studied and careful measurement of each variable. Advantage: The subject is observed in a natural environment which is unchanged Disadvantage: there are no variables manipulated, there is no way to statistically analyze the results. Example: A description of the kinds of physical activities that typically occur in nursing homes, and how
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- Fall '17
- Adrian Hailey