A Research Report
This should include the following:
-Describe what you did for your pilot study (eg. analysis of one specific piece of data; an interview of one particular person)
-Explain how the pilot study relates to your larger dissertation project
-Explain why you decided to undertake this particular pilot study rather than another (eg. why did you decide to do an interview as your pilot study rather than something else?)
-Discuss the method of gathering/creating data, and describe your experiences, including difficulties encountered
-Discuss the method of analysis of the data. Provide the findings of the pilot study (briefly), and discuss any difficulties encountered in doing the analysis of the data
-Reflect on what you have learnt by doing the pilot study in terms of the methods used
-How will the pilot study experience and findings help refine your dissertation proposal?
In your Conclusion: Reflection on the Research Process
-Reflect on what you have learnt more generally about doing research through undertaking the pilot study: What were the most challenging aspects of doing the pilot study, and what research skills will you need to work on further in doing the dissertation project?
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