Answering the questions you may not even know you need to ask
Research of any type tries to find useful information. Depending on what you want, information identified by research can be more, or less, useful.
Some key questions facing educational groups are:
What research evidence is reliable for your particular issue?
What happens if you are not really sure what information you need?
But what happens if you need insight into how a group thinks about particular issues?
Train The Teacher Educational Research lead by Jim Hawkins, uses a three stage approach to answering these questions.
The first, Systematic Review, is a systematic and structured review of published data to identify solutions that may have been already addressed. In some instances, this may be all the research help you need. In others, this Systematic Review is used to define the issues you may have for Qualitative Research and Survey.
The second, Qualitative Research, collects data from Focus Groups in a skillfully constructed and managed free-flowing conversation to give very valuable insights into the issues you need to identify. The conversational focus is taken from the information identified in the Systematic Review to give us a deeper understanding of the thoughts, ideas, beliefs and opinions of the relevant groups.
The third, Survey and Analysis, is questionnaire design, delivery and analysis using the Systematic Review and Qualitative Research data from the Focus Groups to ensure that the questionnaires we design answer the relevant questions. The questionnaire Analysis is extremely rigorous to locate informational patterns and uncover the finer inferences that lie hidden in the data.
Train The Teacher Educational Research led by Jim Hawkins uses review of current research, qualitative focus group research, questionnaire design, and questionnaire analysis so we can report to you useful answers to the questions you may not even know you need to ask.
For further questions on what to do next: Contact Jim.Hawkins@traintheteacher.org