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I chose the topics 'Bullying' and 'Diet' to discuss whether Primary research or Secondary research would work the best.

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Samantha Stanley. BTEC National Diploma in Early Years. Unit 8 Research Assignment. Research is the process of finding information out in an organised, systematic and thoughtful way. It helps to ensure that information and knowledge is as acurate and useful as possible. It enables society to develop new idea's based on enquiry. "Research is used to compare, to explore a theory or to identify change" (Green.S ( 2002)) In all research, the quality of the information receieved is directly linked to the asked question. The outcome of the research may lead to making changes to develop idea's. Specific areas are constantly being researched to improve the quality. Research enables comparisons to be made and needs to be identified. "Research is the systematic investigation of a topic for a purpose, using orderly and scientific methods" (Green.S (2002)) There are many different methods which we are able to carry out the research. The main research methods are: Basic Research; This type of research is focused upon finding information with no particular reason, other than being curious and to investigate it. ...read more.

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I chose the topics 'Bullying' and 'Diet' to discuss whether Primary research or Secondary research would work the best. Bullying: It would be good to interview the child being bullied to get their qualitive view. It is an opportunity to get the honest view of the child's emotions and the problems bullying has caused for the child. Interviews are much better than questionaire because in interviews you get give ur full opinion, where as in questionaires they only want yes or no answers. Observations are not realistic, because if a child see's somebody watching their behaviour then are goin to act differently and not bully any other children. Although observations may also be useful as the subjects being studied are in their natural environment. Preparing questionaires for teachers and parents would be useful to see if the child's behaviour has changed sue to bullying, if the children feel comfortable enough to talk or the teachers or their parents about the child being bullied. Creating the questionaire give you the opportunity to relate the questions directly to the hypothesis, although they may not provide much depth into the subject considered. ...read more.

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Using experiments is good because it is possible for other researches to duplicate the experiment and test the replicability of the results. Experiments are also good as they can be designed to test very specific theories and hypothese. The data collected from the experiments is nearly always quantitive, allowing statistical interpretation of the results. Although it would be difficult for the experimenter to control all factors affecting the behaviour of the subjects. Interview the children about what they would eat at home, the children would tell the truth where as parents would lie. Television programmes would be a good source as they keep records of the dieting in schools and often there are documentarys focused on the 'obese child' or 'Childrens health are at risk due to poor diet' etc. Also there are childrens programmes informing children on which foods they should be eating, this targets the specific audience well. The internet and books explain how to promote healthy eating, it also helps by giving people recipies to cook healthly. Journals are also good as they have the right statistics and help to promote dieting. ...read more.

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