KINDS OF RESEARCH

Now that you are familiar with the guiding parameters behind research, you are ready to get into the specifics of planning and carrying out your very own research project.

Designing research involves deciding on a general approach as well as planning how the various research elements will work together to achieve the desired results.

There are many possible plans and formats for carrying out research. The three major types are:

QUALITATIVE

DESCRIPTIVE

EXPERIMENTAL

The "best" type depends on your research question and situation as well as on your basic approach.