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Sample Research Proposal on Comparative Analysis of Computerised Database and Manual Database of School Teachers


Proposal

Background of the Study
The rapid advancement of technology has pushed each industry to the era of fast and easy processes of tasks. The education sector is of no exception. Information locations through electronic databases are made less difficult with the development of software applications. One example is the computerise database was developed to make location of information and evaluation of data easier and more time and cost efficient. Traditional or manual database is a complex system which has some drawbacks that creates tedious and monotonous task in locating information. Because these problems are said to be lessen in computerise database application, there is an implication for research – basically to determine if some schools teachers, still favour the manual from computerise database for some reason. The perception of the school teachers may help draw a consensus on which approach may be best used by schools.
 The purpose of the study is to help schools choose which database approach is most beneficial to them in capital projects. This is done by analysing data acquired from them through survey questionnaires that contain questions related with the topic.             Another purpose of the paper is to be able to determine the implications of database approaches to schools. The experiences of the school teachers to be surveyed for this study pertaining to the two database approach may provide some enlightenment on several implications.
Statement of the Problem
This paper intends to compare the advantages and disadvantages between manual databases and computerise database application in school projects by surveying several randomly chosen school teachers in the area.

Aims and Objectives
            The aim of the paper is to determine the pros and cons differences between the two database applications. This is in lieu to promote which approach is more advantageous for the school organisations. The reason for aligning the issue of comparison between the two database applications approaches with the schools, is because of the possible implications that each may uniquely provide for the public.
By comparing the two database applications approaches, the study might determine which approach is best for school - an approach that will fit well for its characteristics, especially in building school projects.
            This study generally identifies the differences between computerised database software and manual database. This is done by interviewing school teachers. Both groups are asked which database applications they prefer, and explain why they prefer that method. The problem here can be summed up with the differences that each of group of variables have. Through the survey, and knowing the perception of the school teachers, their views are explored, providing data for analysis on which approach may be advantageous or disadvantageous for a school.
            The following research questions are the problems explored:
1.         What are the differences between the computerized database approach and manual or traditional database approach?  
2.         What are the views of school teachers regarding the two approaches – which approach they use and prefer and the reasons for their choice?
3.         What are the implications of the two approaches in the functions of teachers?

Scope of the Study
            The study will be conducted within Nigeria. School teachers are the only respondents of the study. Similarly, all teachers are chosen for survey should be based in the Nigeria. Basically, survey questionnaires are the measurement instrument to be used in the study (Creswell, J.W. 1994). This makes the study quick and the data quantifiable. The frequency percentage, weighted mean and ANOVA are the statistical formulae to be used and presented. The particular focus areas of the study would include comparison of the effectiveness of two database approaches i.e. computerise and manual.

References:
Creswell, J.W. 1994, Research design. Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.


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