Musings on rating scales

It’s the Christmas break, I’ve stopped work and I’m officially on holiday. I’m relaxing and enjoying myself and definitely not thinking about research issues. Except… yesterday while we were having our lunch my children mentioned that they had filled in a survey at school before they broke up for the holidays. Naturally, my ears pricked …

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Musings on the research onion

Many of you will recognise the term ‘research onion’. Disappointingly, this is not a sentient onion that has mastered the skills of research, but is a shorthand reference to a well-known and well-used model showing the various methodological decisions one must make when designing a research project, devised and published by Mark Saunders, Adrian Thornhill …

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Musings on statistical analysis – simple isn’t always right

Those who know me well (and, actually, those who don’t even know me all that well), will know that I am a life-long fan of the UK science fiction TV series Doctor Who. My first memory is of Doctor Who, I ran a Doctor Who library at primary school and a Doctor Who club at …

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