The research methodology section of a research work helps to clarify how the researcher is going to solve the problem presented or prove the hypothesis that is put forth. Often times there are several hypotheses and the methodology will have to be a complex combination of approaches in order to collect the correct data. Keep in mind that the research methodology is the scientific portion of the study adopted. It is analytical in nature and usually based on a quantifiable and testable theory. It is systematic and exact; therefore it encompasses the specific methods that are universally accepted as appropriate ways to test that which has not yet been proven. The goal of any good research work is to come across a theory or hypothesis that has not been tested as yet.
Research methodology vs research methods
The research methodology is the philosophy or general principle you choose to guide your research. It is the overall approach to your topic of research. Even if the research method considered in the two problems are the same, the methodology could be different. Research methodology is concerned with the explanation of the following:
Research methods are the tools you use to collect your data. They include theoretical procedures, experimental studies, numerical schemes, statistical approaches, etc. They provide us to collect samples, and data and find a solution to a problem. Scientific research methods are regarded as explanations based on collected facts, measurements, and observations and not on reasoning alone. The chosen research methodology helps to specify the most appropriate research tools. A research method only refers to the various tools or ways data can be collected and analyzed, e.g. questionnaires, interviews, data analysis software, etc.
A well-written methodology section should:
In case of Methodology, don’t do the following
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