Methods Of Analysis

Have you ever felt that there is a disconnect between scholarly research and practical application? While this research took place quite a while ago, Parnin and Orso (2011) identified that in thirty years of scholarly research on debugging programming code there were five research papers that included participants to test the theories.

Think about that for a minute. How do you generate research results, without analysis? What constitutes testing the results?

  • For this week’s discussion find a scholarly research article available in the University of the Cumberlands’ library and less than 10 years old.
  • The article you identify must include research that is practically applicable. (The research article must not be theoretical in nature.)
  • The research must include everything you would need in order to repeat the research.
  • The research must include testing the research with participants, other than the authors of the article. For example, the five research articles Parnin and Orso (2011) identify in their research. The participants do not need to be people; they could be parts, equipment, or products.

Once you find this scholarly research article discuss the following in your post:

  • Briefly identify the objective of the research in the selected article.
  • How was the data tested? What are the assumptions of this test? Is that information in the article? Were there enough participants to make the results meaningful?
  • What about this research separates it from research that does not include participants?
  • In the context of the research article, did the use of participants reduce or increase the generalizability when compared to theoretical research? Is that good or bad? Why or why not?

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