Browse the glossary using this indexSpecial
Relating to general ideas or qualities rather than specific people, objects or actions.
Process of breaking down complex topic into smaller parts in order to get better understanding of it.
The means used to measure what someone knows or has learnt.
Something that is real or genuine; is what it is claimed to be.
Having the power and knowledge to make your own decisions.
An individual’s ability to do something well or efficiently.
A general idea or understanding of something; an idea of something, formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars.
Existing in a form that can be seen or felt.
Serving as a part or component of a whole.
The information covered; the topics dealt with in a course of study.
Information collected in an organised way when carrying out a project or research study.
A part of something; one of the parts into which a whole may be broken down into through analysis.
Originating in or based on experience or observation; as in empirical data.
Something that exists separately from other things and has a clear identity of its own.
The conditions that people live, spend time in and the way that they influence how they (people) feel or behave.
A place in the real world where you go to work, especially to collect data for a project or research study.
Work related to data collection for a project that is carried out in a real-world location.
Relating to a whole group of similar things, rather than to a particular thing.
Process of asking about or investigating something.
The means used to collect data for your project, e.g. questionnaire. Also called a tool.
A subject or problem that people are discussing or debating.
Strategy utilised in the collection of data, e.g. survey, interview.
Rules or expectations that are socially enforced and guide behaviour.
Something that exists and can be seen, felt, tasted etc., especially something interesting or unusual. An observable fact or event.
Materials that provide first-hand accounts of what is or has taken place.
A basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works.
Term used to describe data that is collected using words; written or spoken language.
Term used to describe data that is in numerical form, such as raw numbers and percentages.
A matter that may form the basis for an investigation
Interpretations, analyses based on primary sources.
The basic know-how that you learn and which you rely on to do more complex tasks.
The existing state of affairs; the present situation or condition.
Being at a lower level and therefore under the control of what is at the higher level.
The combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole.
The topic of discussion or writing; the main subject of a talk, book, film etc.
A subject that is written about, discussed or studied; a subject or theme of a speech, essay, book etc.
A particular quality or characteristic that someone or something has.
For the purposes of research, anything that has a quality or quantity that varies; a person, place, thing or phenomenon that you are measuring for your project.