Sep 10, 2014

Research - Aims and Objectives


Research - Aims and Objectives


A literature review produces a research question or gap in knowledge.
Our aim is to close the gap in knowledge (such as answering the research questions) which are we going to achieve by providing a contribution to knowledge.

Aims are broad statements of desired outcomes or the general intentions of the research, which 'paint the picture' of your research proposal:
·         Emphasize what is to be accomplished, not how it is to be accomplished
·         Address the long-term project outcomes, i.e. they should reflect the aspirations and expectations of the research topic (general intention, broader vision)

Objectives are the steps you are going to take to answer your research questions or a specific list of tasks needed to accomplish the goals of the project:
·         Emphasize how aims are to be accomplished
·         Must be highly focused and feasible
·         Address the more immediate project outcomes
·         Make accurate use of concepts and be sensible and precisely described
·         Usually numbered so that each objective reads as an 'individual' statement to convey your intention
(procedural, statements, hows)

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