MEANING OF INTERPRETATION - Research Methodology

Interpretation of data in Research Methodology

Interpretation of data refers to the task of drawing inferences from the collected facts after an analytical and/or experimental study. In fact, it is a search for broader meaning of research findings. The task of interpretation has two major aspects viz.,

  1. the effort to establish continuity in research through linking the results of a given study with those of another, and
  2. the establishment of some explanatory concepts.

“In one sense, interpretation is concerned with relationships within the collected data, partially overlapping analysis. Interpretation also extends beyond the data of the study to include the results of other research, theory and hypotheses.”1 Thus, interpretation is the device through which the factors that seem to explain what has been observed by researcher in the course of the study can be better understood and it also provides a theoretical conception which can serve as a guide for further researches.


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