Development of working hypotheses

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Development of working hypotheses by Mind Map: Development of working hypotheses

1. After extensive literature survey

1.1. Researcher should state in clear terms the working hypothesis or hypotheses

2. Working hypothesis is tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences

2.1. Hypotheses are developed is particularly important since they provide the focal point for research.

2.2. Hypothesis should be very specific and limited to the piece of research in hand because it has to be tested

2.2.1. The role of the hypothesis is to guide the researcher by delimiting the area of research and to keep him on the right track It sharpens his thinking and focuses attention on the more important facets of the problem. It also indicates the type of data required and the type of methods of data analysis to be used.

3. They also affect the manner in which tests must be conducted in the analysis of data and indirectly the quality of data which is required for the analysis.

4. How does one go about developing working hypotheses?

4.1. (a) Discussions with colleagues and experts about the problem, its origin and the objectives in seeking a solution

4.2. (b) Examination of data and records, if available, concerning the problem for possible trends, peculiarities and other clues

4.3. (c) Review of similar studies in the area or of the studies on similar problems

4.4. (d) Exploratory personal investigation which involves original field interviews on a limited scale with interested parties and individuals with a view to secure greater insight into the practical aspects of the problem.

5. Working hypotheses arise as a result of a-priori thinking about the subject, examination of the available data and material including related studies and the counsel of experts and interested parties

5.1. hypotheses are more useful when stated in precise and clearly defined terms

6. It may as well be remembered that occasionally we may encounter a problem where we do not need workinghypotheses, specially in the case of exploratory or formulative researches which do not aim at testing the hypothesis.