At this early stage of action research as you prepare to search for credible sources of information to help you build an action research proposal, discuss which viewpoint on these two perspectives you lean toward and why.
When researching increased activity, hypertension, and high blood pressure this learner is leaning towards reviewing related literature and refining research questions, while addressing assumptions. Mills (2014) asserts that variability in human behavior may complicate the usage of scientific tools that are used to draw conclusions, but those tools actually assist in determining meaningful analysis. As such, previous studies, reports, and inquiry will definitively enhance the quality of findings. Further, the review of related literature will help dispel such erroneous assumptions as the ideas that blood pressure and heart rate are always linked, blood pressure and heart rate have “normal” target numbers, and low pulse or blood pressure always suggests a problem; which are all false (Cleveland Clinic, 2017). Having a good grasp of research parameters allows for a more focused evaluation of the data. This is helpful to distinguish information that adds to the knowledge base.
How do you intend to use what you learned concerning best practices for research from the chapter and the web-based resources to help you search effectively and efficiently?
The process of effective research takes practice and requires specific skill-sets. Mills (2014) informs that the ability to read and interpret literature is essential for academic efficacy and necessitates literature review competency. Therefore, the information learned concerning best practices for research will be used to support goals, assess alternatives, select samples that represent the population being studied, verify quality of data, implement appropriate confidentiality requirements, and provide for replication (American Association of Public Opinion Research, 2017). Moreover, reputable and authentic sources will be used to extrapolate grounded facts. For example, scientific journals, peer reviewed articles, and recent text books will be used to in conjunction with reputable .gov or .org websites to compile relevant information. Independent studies verify that current and best practices research is vital for developing a thorough understanding of a problem and it components (Eglene, 2000). This is why the standard process of formulating a question, gathering information, and selecting appropriate participants will be used