Research Design in Occupational Education
Descriptive research is used to obtain information concerning the current status of the phenomena to describe "what exists" with respect to variables or conditions in a situation. The methods involved range from the survey which describes the status quo, the correlation study which investigates the relationship between variables, to developmental studies which seek to determine changes over time.
Survey studies assess the characteristics of whole populations of people or situations.
Interrelationship Studies trace relationships among the facts obtained to gain a deeper insight into the situation
Developmental studies are concerned with the existing status and interrelationships of phenomena and changes that take place as a function of time
1. Define descriptive research.
2. List eight steps involved in a descriptive investigation.
3. State the purpose of survey studies.
4. Name five types of survey studies.
5. State the purpose of interrelationship studies.
6. Name three types of interrelationship studies.
7. State the purpose of developmental studies.
8. Name three types of developmental studies.
9. Discuss five methods of evaluating descriptive research.