A number of university theses cannot do without research, which is the main part of the bachelor’s and diploma’s practical aspects. To be relevant and relevant to your work, research must not only be focused on interesting or topical issues, but you need to get it among people as part of your work.
Even if you are not directly inspected by you without making a careful survey of opinions or knowledge among the wider audience, you will never get to the real depth of the job problem.
On the contrary, well-prepared research will raise the level of your work and help you perceive new contexts, whether to look at the problem you are discussing at work, from a different, non-traditional point of view. “More Heads, More Reason”, is doubly true with well prepared and processed research.
If your bachelor’s or master’s thesis requires a research part, be sure to follow a few principles that will help you tackle the questions and answers of the respondents effectively.
The basis is a correctly set hypothesis
Your research section is largely based on research questions / issues you are looking for answers to. So at the beginning you have to set the hypotheses based on the content of your work. The hypothetical assumption / question that you ask your respondents is based on them.
Your task is to set the correct hypothesis and make a statement about it, which you will then compare with the answers of the respondents themselves. At this point, it is important to know the issues that you work with in your bachelor’s or master’s thesis and to be well oriented in it. At the same time, as an author, you have to assume to some extent what answers the respondents will give you. Be prepared to entertain or surprise you more than once.
If you want to make your work more engaging and interesting, do not be afraid to set hypotheses and ask questions that will be unconventional and which would ask you at first glance. This is also a student of psychology student Barbora.
“In my work, I focused on the issue of bullying in primary schools. I wanted to devote all my research to bullying children at first. Then I wondered,” Who are those who usually start bullying? The research section has produced such surprising results, especially in open questions, that I have worked through part of my work for it,
Ask the question correctly
Before you go into the whole research, prepare a questionnaire so that you and the respondents work well with it. Think about how you will evaluate the answers. Will you have patience for open questions? If not, choose the classic ringers where they can choose from more options.
They can also answer with a simple answer: yes, no, I don’t know. However, beware of this type of question: a large number of unspecified answers are unprofessional and may cause distorted research. A popular type of question is also the so-called scale, where respondents choose one of the answers on the scale from completely agree to completely disagree.
Remember that questions should be asked in a clear, clear and concise manner, but at the same time they must contain everything that is important to you in answering. If in doubt, ask questions before you throw them on a questionnaire form to parents, siblings, or college roommates. The important thing is to find out whether the non-interested people understand you and know the question accordingly.
Selection of respondents
If we already have questions prepared, questionnaires printed or edited in Word, part of going with them is public. But where do I go to make the answers useful and avoid over-ringing I don’t know? It depends on the nature of your work.
If you are preparing a bachelor’s and master’s thesis on a subject in the field of pedagogy, you can approach the teachers, pupils or parents themselves with a request for completion. On the other hand, if you are interested in public opinion, ask for distribution around you and try to reach the widest possible range.
It is important to know whether it needs answers from a specific group of people (field workers, a particular social group), or you want to know the opinion that prevails in society in general.
Remember that the more people you contact with the questionnaire, the richer and more complete the picture of public opinion. For social and economic issues, you should ask for at least 100 respondents.
If you are not stranger to using your computer, you do not need to move the questionnaire to a printed form. Simply send it to respondents correctly and format the results in the appropriate program.
If the world of virtual reality is sometimes strange to you, make it easier for you to process the forms at least by inserting the answers into Excel. Be sure not to recalculate them manually. Prepare a table or graph for each answer so that the results in the work are presented clearly and easily.
How to deal with answers
At the beginning of the research part of the thesis you asked some hypothetical questions. Research has helped you clarify whether your assumptions were correct or not. Do not stay brief when evaluating responses and do not rely solely on a general statement as to whether the hypothesis has been met.
Have you been surprised by some answers? Have you encountered significantly different opinions from respondents? Was there an idea in the research that contradicted the general beliefs? Or does not the opinion that changed your own perception of the problem? If so, don’t be afraid to include it in your bachelor’s and master’s theses. In this way, you will show that the unfinished problem you are dealing with at work is being dealt with in depth and that you are really well informed about the topic.