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Relevant and up to date handouts explaining techniques are useful for a researcher to work through but generally do not provide enough in depth material and analysis to cover all the areas of researchers’ needs. At SBU we do offer certain taught classes on measures of dispersion and hypothesis testing and general survey methods. The researchers and SER then need to formulate their own plans for data collection and subsequent analysis. The question of on-going support must be addressed and is also an essential requirement of the researcher.
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29 In addition the SER have to be fully conversant with teaching pedagogy as well as learning and assessment techniques. The researcher or SER may have a supervisor who has relevant statistical knowledge, but in most cases, from SBU experience, this is not so and the researchers or SER come to use the service provided by the SSS. This support, while of benefit to the researcher, is not without a cost implication. The salary of the person providing support, and having someone experienced and available at the time required by the researcher are often problems. The SSS at SBU is only provided at certain times and the users of the service have to book an available time slot to obtain help. Much as we at SBU would like to provide this support continuously this is not practical in economic terms. Relevant software is available for use but the machines that run this software are not housed in the LDC. Hence the researcher or SER must print out any query they have and bring to the SSS. Our computer services department will help with the problems associated with the computers but do not necessarily have the expertise in the software package being used. Some researchers, particularly if they are not fully computer literate, can find this a real stumbling block. Our staff in the SSS have on occasions gone to the computer lab with the researcher needing help. For any new software, i.e. not the general statistical software that is generally used such as SPSS or Minitab, our SSS staff may not be familiar with all the technical details and hence can waste a lot of time on something that is not of a statistical nature. Our experience at SBU is that researchers and SER often embark on a piece of statistical analysis without first considering the questions shown in Figure 1. We use these questions as a basic crib sheet to make sure the researchers and SER have fully thought out their investigations. The questions were originally designed for students doing statistical projects in the UK by the Centre for Statistical Education (Rangecroft et al 1996). While this may sound very trivial to experienced researchers/ statisticians we have found it a useful starting point and it leads onto more in-depth discussions about the investigations.
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