Learning from Research: Getting More from Your Data

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OPERATIONALIZATION OF THE CONCEPTS
Each of the eight areas had to be transposed into measurable indicators. There was a great deal more to be done before he was finally satisfied, but Table 3 illustrates how he began.Gilbert now had a framework within which he could identify the different areas about which he needed information. The eight topics had been developed into statements but they needed further development before they were ready to be incorporated into a questionnaire. He decided to produce guiding questions for each of the above eight areas and we've selected the first of the eight categories, admission criteria, as an example of the way the questions expanded the topic.
Guiding questions on 'admission criteria'
1. Did the students feel that their secondary education had adequately prepared them for their nursing studies?
2. Of those who replied positively to (1), what was their educational background prior to joining this course of study (that is the Diploma in Nursing)?
3. What were the students' perceptions of existing academic admission criteria?

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