In lesson 62, we have said that a research paradigm provides focus and direction to your research. Once the researcher states the paradigm, s/he identifies the plan that the study will use to collect and analyze data. This plan is called a research design. Without a plan, then the researcher cannot answer the research questions or test hypotheses.
It is important to note that there is no ‘fit for all design’. Research design is informed by the paradigm. We discussed research design in Lesson 12 -18. So make sure you will first watch the 7 lessons before this lesson.
This lesson will:
- Explain the meaning of a research design;
- State the elements of a research design;
- Identify Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method Research design;
- Explain the requirements of section 3.3