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Field work is often a vital part of many theses and dissertations in the natural sciences and the social sciences.
'Field work' involves any work where the researcher is required to go to a specific location where the research must take place. Such places can vary from pristine forests to hospital wards.
For example, a Masters Sociology student writing a dissertation on the impact of high unemployment in Manchester upon race-relations between British and immigrant communities, would visit different community areas and conduct face-to-face interviews, distribute questionnaires, and hold focus-groups with members from different communities.
To give another example, a Geography student studying the effects of global warming on glacial shrinking in the Arctic Circle would travel to a country like Iceland or Norway and undertake controlled experiments measuring these hypotheses.
The principle advantage of field work is that it brings the researcher into immediate contact with the subject of his research. The raw data obtained from field work forms the very basis for corroborating or rejecting the hypotheses formed at the outset of the research.
Field counting and measuring techniques
Field counting and measuring techniques are an essential research tool, used to collect purely quantitative data. There are few generic field techniques - many are developed specifically for the research in mind. Some natural science examples include the use of quadrats, belt transects and line transects.
Example studies are wide and varied; a researcher studying traffic patterns would go into 'the field' to count the number of cars that travel down Oxford Street in London between 8.00 am and 9.00 am, Monday - Friday, for one week. For a measurement technique, the same researcher would, for instance, record the average speed of traffic travelling down Oxford Street during these same hours.
Field counting and measuring techniques can be extremely complicated or extremely simple. One of the most important requirements is that the method must take into account the statistical analysis techniques that will later be used on the data and therefore the exact procedure is very important. Such considerations include repeat readings, randomisation techniques, blocking and control treatments.
If your project requires field counting or measuring techniques of any kind, Oxbridge Primary Research will be delighted to help. Our Field Counting and Measuring Service includes:
- • Undertaking model research for you, using the most advanced scientific techniques available, giving you an idea of how best to go about your own research
- • Personally tutoring and supervising you throughout your research
- • Undertaking foundation or preliminary research
- • Undertaking comparative research.
Conducting field counting and measuring techniques nearly always requires the researcher to work in a specific location away from school or university.
Oxbridge Primary Research can send one or several researchers (depending on the scale of your project) to your chosen research location. The researchers will then either undertake experiments and collect data for you - as a research assistant would - or we can arrange for you to undertake your field work in collaboration with or under the supervision of one of our experienced researchers. This will involve you travelling together to your chosen destination, then conducting the research as a team. You can then work on the statistical analysis and presentation yourself, or arrange for your researcher to further assist you.
We can provide researchers for travel anywhere in the UK and almost anywhere internationally.
A common mistake students make with a primary research project is to see the collection of primary data as the starting point, and to conduct it without adequate background reading or planning. Those who adopt this approach may subsequently find that their main results were already established in the literature, but there were other interesting angles to the problem that they did not think to address. As such you may also want to consider our other services such as Hypothesis Formulation, Original Title Creation, Literature Review and Methodologies.
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We are aware that your field work will be of the utmost importance to your degree, and therefore that you will want to take the greatest precaution to ensure that such work is undertaken in the most professional manner possible.
To discuss The Field Work Service with one of our advisors, please call 0207 391 9038 or contact us via our contact form.