DISCUSSION OF THE
At frequent points in any investigation, it's advisable to return to the research questions and the purpose of the study to make sure you are not straying from the original plan. Tim's questionnaire was designed in ways which he hoped would allow him to discover staff respondents' views about effective teaching and SET. His intention then was to compare the outcomes of his own research with the published research on SET which he examined as part of his literature search, to see whether there were any apparent differences between the Western and Asian approaches. In the following sections, we consider just a few of the methods he employed in analysing the data from three main areas, together with some of the more general conclusions.
variables and the five most and least important characteristics of effective teaching
He wished to know whether staff background variables (gender, age, rank etc.) had any influence on staff perceptions of the five most and least important characteristics. Respondents were asked to place the five characteristics in rank order with the following results.