We assist our clients in coming up with Research Design and methodology.

Research Design
The most commonly used research designs in education and social sciences research include survey research design, the case study and naturalistic research designs. As a student of research, be ware of confusion between research designs and research approaches (qualitative and quantitative research approaches or paradigms).

The most common sections of methodology include the following:

3.1 Research Design
3.2 Target Population
3.3 Sample and Sampling procedure
3.4 Description of instruments
3.5 Data collection procedure
3.6 Data analysis procedure

The most tricky part of methodology is determining the sample size. There are a number of approaches that are used to arrive at the sample size. Some maintain that at least 10% (Gay, 1996) of the total population is representative; Others 30% (Gall and Borg, 2003). However, this is disputed. As such, use of Krejcie, and Morgan, table of determining sample size which is formula based is encouraged. One may also opt to use the formula to determine the sample size.

Determining reliability of data collection instruments is also tricky. We encourage students to validate and determine the reliability of the instruments. To determine the reliability of research instruments, one must conduct a pilot test using related target population which does not form part of the final sample.

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