Conduct research


  Study Purpose  
Method Description Explore Describe Predict Explain Difficulty
Content analysis

The systematic examination of oral, written, or visual communication.

X X   X High

A variety of research designs that use before and after, and/or group comparisons, to measure cause and effect relations. 

    X X High
Focus group

A group of similar individuals who provide information during a directed and moderated interactive group discussion.

X X   High
Interview A directed conversation with an individual using a list of questions designed to gather extended responses. X X     High
Observation The systematic observation of behavior using checklists, scaled ratings, or narrative comments. X X     Medium
Survey The UT Austin, Web-based survey system that solicits anonymous student feedback at any time during the semester. X X X X Medium

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