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What does the "nature of a study" mean with regard to social sciences research?

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cookiefoo | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM via web

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What does the "nature of a study" mean with regard to social sciences research?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM (Answer #1)

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I assume that you are asking about the term "nature of the study" with regard to something like the writing of a dissertation.  If so, the "nature of the study" section of the dissertation is typically the one in which the research design is laid out and discussed.  

In this section of the dissertation, you will describe the basic methodology that you used.  You will talk about things like who the subjects were and how you collected data on them.  You will describe the procedures that you used to collect that data.

In other words, this will be a relatively brief section of a dissertation in which you give the reader a basic understanding of how you did your research.  You will not present your findings here--this is just for setting out how the study was done.

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