Monday, September 17, 2012

Pilot Study Developments

Over 2 weeks into it, and I have found some promising results from my pilot study.  The online data have shown me that I could probably collect about 2/3 of my data online and the remaining 1/3 through interviews.  At this point, I would say I'm halfway through collecting my pilot data.  I'm also about a third of the way through revising Chapter 3, although I haven't touched Chapter 1 yet.

About chapter 1, I'm trying to find the best way to collect total population estimates.  My primary route has failed, and I'm currently getting ideas from my secondary route.  At this point, I have two options that I can use at the same time, and that is to collect data from an online survey and from national affiliates of one international organization of my field, TESOL.  I probably should consider the other one, IATEFL.

My next step is to finish collecting the pilot data by the end of September.  The bulk of my rewriting Chapter 3 deals with providing my understanding of online research and how it applies to my study.  Once I pass that hurdle, it should only take me a day or two to finish that chapter.  I'll slowly plod through Chapter 1, especially when I'm not getting the (expected) big numbers yet.  All in all, I seem to be following through with my projected timeline very well.

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