SUMMARY OF RESEARCH FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

This chapter summarizes the major findings highlighted in chapter four

Introduction

The section addresses the content in the chapter

Summary of research findings

This section summarizes the views expressed various respondents in relation to the objectives of the study

Conclusion

This is a summation of the researchers view in relation to the responses raised based on each of the objectives. The conclusion must be based on the results obtained.

Recommendations

This must be derived from the results. They should address each of the specific objectives.

Recommendations for Further Research

This should be based on issues that emerged in t he process of research but were not investigated.

References

Use the American Psychological Association (APA) format

RESEARCH REPORT

Presenting Results: Written Reports

The research report communicates the findings of the research project. The project should answer questions raised in the statement of the problem and objectives of the study. For a report to communicate effectively it should satisfy the following criteria.

  1. Completeness: should provide all information relevant to the readers.
  2. Accuracy: data generated during data collection should be accurate for the report to be accurate.
  3. Clarity: this is achieved clear logical thinking and precision of expression. Short simples sentences, no grammatical errors and uniform style and format should observed.
  4. Conciseness: the writer must be concise in their writing. The report should be brief and to the point.

WAYS IN WHICH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CAN IMPROVE RESEARCH

Globalization

Information technology has not only brought the world closer together but it has allowed the world’s economy to become a single interdependent system. This means that a researcher cannot only share information quickly and efficiently but can also bring down barriers of linguistic and geographic boundaries (Kothari, 2010). Of great importance is the issue that the world has developed into a global village due to the help of information technology allowing researchers not only separated distance but also language to share information with each other in the language one understands.

Innovation

Mugenda and Mugenda (1998) state that, there has been growing interest in research networks and its implications on the creation of new knowledge. The rapidly increased use of the web, internet, intranets, extranets, e-business, e-commerce and mobile computing changes the manner in which research is done and even application in business transactions.  Of special importance is the emergence of the second generation e-commerce applications such as m-commerce, c-commerce, e-learning and e-government where research can be carried out effectively. It enables researchers to stimulate, visualize, model and experiment with complex, real-world problems, promoting exploratory and inquiry- based models of researching. Further in research, information technology enables and fosters development of critical thinking skills, visualization, conceptualization, integration of disparate data and resolution of patterns within data  (Kothari, 2010)

Online interviewing and focus groups

The internet is used to communicate with research subjects and in addition to quantitative surveys, online approaches to qualitative research have been tried. Online interviewing and focus groups can be an effective means to collect qualitative data. Careful planning and attention to rapport building is useful to elicit the kind of accounts that researchers hope for.  People can take part from home and this be able to fit in the interview even though they would travel to a face to face meeting. They may feel more comfortable discussing sensitive subjects online such as fertility problems. According to Slavin (2007), where people are comfortable with the idea of communicating online, it can be possible to use email to collect rich qualitative data. People being interviewed feel that the online interaction puts them more in charge than they would be face-to-face, allowing them to think carefully and reflect on their answers and also respond only when they feel able to cope with the interaction. Data collected online can therefore be useful to researchers and can sometimes provide insights that face to face methods do not.

Fieldwork on online settings

There is a large quantity of naturally occurring data on the internet that allows a researcher to observe what people do under less controlled circumstances. The internet is a filed site for ethnographic research in which the researcher uses some familiar techniques from more conventional ethnography to explore the culture in the online setting. Ethnography research involves a combination of techniques. When carried out online, it includes observation through reading messages or being present in interactions together with online interviews. Sometimes face to face interviews may be carried out particularly when participants themselves have face to face meetings in the normal course of events

Publications

To publish is to bring specific information to the public domain through written documents or posting such information in a website. Publications refer to published documents including books, periodicals, scholarly journals, magazines among others.. Publishing also includes the distribution of copies of the written work to the general public with the consent of the author. The document may be distributed free on sold. Researchers are encouraged to publish their findings in journals books or other forms of publication. This facilitates wider sharing of research findings among researchers, professionals and policy makers. Publishing research findings and regularly reading journals papers published other researchers improve ones research skills.

Published articles thoroughly describe the research methodology that the author has followed in conducting the study. Experience has shown that prolific writers of research materials also tend to be exemplary researchers. What such people share with the research community helps to shape the way research is conducted setting certain standards. Subjecting journal papers to referees, ensures that high standards are maintained in  research (Mugenda and Mugenda 1998).

Bridging the cultural gap

Information technology has helped to bridge the cultural gap helping people from different cultures to communicate with one another and allow for the exchange of views and ideas thus creating awareness and reducing prejudice. Further, a researcher is facilitated information technology in connections across disciplinary, institutional, geographical and cultural boundaries (Slavin 2007).

Saving time

Internet is open for twenty four hours daily all over the globe. This means that a research can be undertaken all the time in a twenty four hour basis. This is unlike the library or research sample which has restricted time. This includes printing the literature one may find fit for benchmarking or aiding his research study.

Information technology to researchers aids and illustrates the workings of complex methods exploring cause-effect relationships and hypothetical scenarios. It aids research encouraging collaboration with other individuals, teams or institutions while exposing researchers to different ideas and perspectives within a limited time frame.

Calculations/ tabulation of data

Computers perform calculations almost at the end speed of light. They are ideally suited for data analysis concerning large research projects. Researchers are essentially concerned with huge storage of data, their faster retrieval when required and processing of data with the aid of various techniques (Baikie 2003). Researchers in economics and other social sciences have found electronic computers to constitute an indispensable part of their research equipment. Computers can perform many statistical calculations easily and quickly. Software packages are readily available for the various simple and complicated analytical and quantitative and complicated analytical and qualitative techniques of which researchers generally make use of.

To the researcher, the use of computer to analyze complex, data has made complicated research designs practical. Electronic computers have now become an indispensable part of research students in the physical and behavioral sciences as well as in the humanities. The research student, in this age of computer technology, must be exposed to the methods and use of computers. A basic understanding of the manner in which a computer works helps a person to appreciate the utility of this powerful tool. Researchers using computers can carry on the task at faster speed and with great reliability. The developments now taking place in computer technology will further enhance and facilitate the use of computers for researchers. Programming knowledge would no longer remain an obstacle in the use of a computer (Kothari 2010)

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