Stephen Bezzina writes: What is my epistemological position? Is this a Hawthorne effect? Is the observed difference between means, statistically significant? Am I a post-positivist? What is the best research design? Are there any confounding variables? What’s the confidence interval? On which philosophical assumptions are my research paradigm and methodology based on?
These are a few, yet important questions that I have asked myself during my first real meet-and-greet with the world of social science research. Not all of these questions have a definite answer, but all require extensive reading, understanding and writing.
On analysing the extant quantitative data available, I embraced Kraftwerk’s Tour de France through the sampled sporting voices and mechanical sounds, paving the way forward towards the statistical significance of the results obtained. Sven Väth and The Human League with Harlequin's Meditation and Kiss the Future respectively, set the ideal climate and mood for evaluating results and drawing conclusions. Finally, the jazzy fever surrounding the sound of the saxophone in The Man With The Red Face, put Laurent Garnier on top of the playlist during the writing-up of my own research proposal.
Stephen Bezzina was completing the Research Methods course on the MSc in Digital Education at The University of Edinburgh.