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Research Hypotheses | Research Conduction

Published on May 16th, 2017 | Last updated on February 23rd, 2021 by | Category: TESOL / TESL Issues through CALL | No Comments on Research Hypotheses | Research Conduction | 102 Views | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Research Hypotheses

Research hypotheses are based on observations or on what the literature suggests the answers to research questions might be.

  1. There may be times when, because of a lack of relevant literature, hypotheses cannot be generated because the researcher is dealing with new and/or unexpected areas. So their presence is not obligatory.
  2. They should be testable given the methods adopted for the research.
  3. Research hypotheses stem from research questions. E.g., if we have three research questions, then at least we should have three research hypotheses.
  4. A hypothesis is a tentative, intelligent guess posited for the purpose of assisting the researcher in directing his thinking toward the solution of the problem.
  5. A hypothesis should neither be proved nor disproved; i.e., to set out deliberately to prove a hypothesis would defeat impartiality in research. Rather, they are dependent on their acceptance or rejection upon what the facts ultimately reveal.
  6. A hypothesis should be formulated to account for the observed phenomenon that presents a problem.
  7. After the problem has been chosen, brainstorming for the possible hypotheses is an important component of research.
  8. Once a hypothesis emerges, the researcher will take one direction and purpose.
  9. Hypothesis and theory are often used interchangeably. Hypothesis is a less certain conclusion, although theory is never totally certain, either.
  10. It is not possible to do a research without a hypothesis, otherwise, the result will be nothing more than a compilation of facts.
  11. It is generally preferable and advantageous to express all hypotheses in complex sentences, so that they set forth the problem, solution and the outcome.
  12. Research hypotheses are predictions or expectations that the researcher makes or generates in relation to the research questions motivated by the literature review.
  13. They form a part of the theoretical framework.
  14. Use these verbs: presume, assume, believe, posit, suppose, etc.

Some Prefabricated Sentences:

  1. This research is going to investigate whether this hypothesis is tenable or not.
  2. This inquiry intends to test this hypothesis.
  3. A hypothesis that is going to be put to the test


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