1Q1:Focus on Research
1Q1:Focus on Research
Alignmentof Scholarly Research
Alignmentin research means the ability of study topics to address theinvestigative question through the presentation and analysis ofrelevant information. Alignment of the content fosters an easyunderstanding of concepts in the research as well as their connectionto evidence provided. A research structure that addresses essentialareas of the study is the most prominent way of ensuring that contentmatches the research topic and objectives.
Analysisof Study Research
Lloyd(2012) presents an empirical analysis of information literacy as asocially enacted practice. The author ensures proper alignment of theresearch by structuring the article in a way that enhances focus onthe research question. The structure also addresses differentconcerns in the research and maintains the linkage between the ideas.The article states the purpose of the study, the research design, andmethodology, as well as provides findings followed by a conciseconclusion.
SampleSize: Relationship with Statistical Tests and Outcomes
Asample size refers to the magnitude of a focus group/area inresearch. The application of sample sizes enhances the practicabilityof research while providing statistical data that aids in theanalysis of concepts, theories, and hypotheses within the research.Sample sizes are particularly important in research because they arerepresentative of a population, and should therefore, be devoid ofbias (Marley, 2016).The larger the sample size, the lower thepossibility of bias owing to the availability of more information.The sample size also dictates the margin of error in the researchfindings.
Ina study of a population of 10,000 people, using a sample consistingof 1,000 individuals would provide more information than using 100persons. In an example of a study exploring the percentage of thepopulation using computers, if the result is 500, then the percentageof the population would be 500/1000 x 100 making it 50% (Marley,2016).
Planningthe sample size before the collection of data ensures that theresearcher has enough resources, obtains relevant permissions instudies involving people and animals, as well as accounts for thetime necessary for data collection. Having the information increasesefficiency and reduces the amount of time spent on data collection(Lomotey & Milner IV, 2012).
Lloyd,A. (2012). Information literacy as a socially enacted practice:Sensitising themes from an emerging perspective ofpeople-in-practice. Journalof documentation(0022-0418), 68*6):772www.emraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/00220411211277037
Lomotey,K. & Milner IV, H.R. (2012). African American Males and LiteracyDevelopment in Contexts That are Characteristically Urban. UrbanEducation, 47(2):434-463
Marley,S. (2016). The Importance and Effect of Sample Size. SelectStatistical Services Retrieved17.09.2016https://select-statistics.co.uk/blog/importance-effect-sample-size/