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Research design for technical communications

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2 Author(s)
Grove, L.K. ; Pacific Northwest Lab., Battelle, Richland, WA, USA ; Seesing, P.R.

The authors consider how one can design research studies so that they meet the needs of the technical communications community and serve as the basis of a unified theory. This research design involves the following steps: establish hypotheses to clearly identify what it is that you are trying to find out; determine how you can test those hypotheses and only those hypotheses and not be distracted by extraneous factors; clearly identify what extraneous factors might affect the results you get; identify what you expect to find if the hypothesis holds, and identify what else might produce the same results; find ways to discriminate between causes, and design a research strategy that controls these extraneous factors; collect your data and submit it to rigorous analysis; compare these results to the hypotheses and identify your level of confidence in accepting or rejecting any or all of the hypotheses; and, finally, identify the impact of your current findings and their implications for further research

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Professional Communication Conference, 1991. IPCC '91. Proceedings. The Engineered Communication., International  (Volume:1 & 2 )

Date of Conference:

30 Oct-1 Nov 1991