1. Study the different steps that should be taken into account to generate solid and well-informed research design in social sciences & Education.
In the this link you can find a detailed description of all the steps you should follow in order to generate solid and well-informed research designs in social sciences and education. The Hopscotch will provide you with textual and multimedia information that might help the design of your own study.
2.Generate a qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research design using Hopscotch
The hopscotch also offers three interactive itineraries with the aim of providing a step-by-step guide in the generation of qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed-methods research designs. After filling out the interactive forms you will find in the previous websites, the system will automatically send an email to the user with the complete generated design in a pdf format. Moreover, the user will also get a link that would allow her to update the research design as many times as needed.
3.Generate a Visual representation of your research design
Hopscotch also offers the possibility of generating a visual representation of your qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed-methods research designs. To do so, you will have to select the particular research tradition or research design you would like to implement and then fill out a brief form. The system will automatically send an email to the user with the visual representation in pdf format. Moreover, the user will also get a link that would allow her to update the visual representation as many times as needed.
4.Conduct a Literature review
A new tool has been added to Hopscotch with the aim of guiding researchers in conducting their literature reviews. This newly developed tool also helps researchers/students generate a visual representation of their literature reviews.
5.Generate a visual representation of the conceptual framework supporting your study
This tool will, help you generate a visual representation of the key components of the conceptual framework to support your research study. By the end of the process, you will receive in your email a pdf with different visual representation of your conceptual framework.
6.If you are a teacher you can use Hopscotch 4-Teachers to create a design for a classroom study
The aim of Hopscotch 4-Teachers is to provide teachers with a tool to assist them in designing a thorough inquiry process to promote the “systematic collection, analysis, examination, and interpretation of data to inform practice and policy in educational settings” (Mandinach, 2012, p. 71).
7.Share and discuss your research design or visual representation with other members of the Hopscotch community
After having generated either a research design or a visual representation of your qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed-methods research design, hopscotch also offers the possibility of sharing and discussing your design with other members of the community. To do so, you will first have to create an account and then join one of the following groups.