A single diagram, such as the one in Figure 10-8, enables readers to compare the interrelationships among the elements of a theory. A display can assume an additional comparative dimension if two or more diagrams are juxtaposed to reveal likenesses and differences among theories--as when the Hindu model is placed beside models of Buddhist, Christian, and Freudian beliefs.
The tables and graphic displays reviewed in this chapter obviously fail to represent all of the kinds that researchers use to clarify their studies. Other forms can be found in books and journals that publish studies of educational matters.
|1. Do I plan to include tables in my research report? If so, for each table,|
|what variables will I place on the x axis (columns) and what variables on the y|
|2. Do I plan to include any charts, diagrams, or graphs in my research report?|
|If so, which type or types will I use?|
|_____1. Time line|
|_____2. Trend graph|
|_____3. Path analysis|
|_____5. Organization chart|
|_____6. Flow chart|
|_____7. Theory-structure chart|
|_____8. Other (describe)|