The word ‘Research’ according to the CambridgeEnglish Dictionary can be defined as: “the systematic investigation into andstudy of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach newconclusions.
” The process of obtaining viable information for this study wascarried out using both primary and secondary sources which banked on the use ofa questionnaire, books and websites respectively. In order to obtain the requiredviable data for this study an appropriate data collection instrument had to beused and a qualitative method of approach was chosen as a large sample was notrequired in discovering, “How the ineffective implementation of suspension atSt. Augustine Secondary School impacts on students.”The data collection method that’s use was maximisedfor this research was that of a survey which can be defined as: “A research methodthat collects data from respondents through a series of questions either in theform of a questionnaire or an interview.” Thequestionnaire contained some open ended questions, which allowed therespondents to answer freely and without hesitation but can often be hard toplace into defined response brackets in an overall presentation of data.However the questionnaire had a predominant presence of close ended questionswhich simplified the research and offered an easier route when presenting theoverall collection of data.
A total of 25 questionnaires was distributed to aprescribed list of previously suspended students in St Augustine SecondarySchool. This was done in this manner as the questionnaire targeted the affectedstudents and gave assurance that the research would not be tampered with by anynon- affected students. Additionalstatistical data was also collected from the deans and principal of the schoolto ensure the accuracy of the distributed questionnaires. The primary sourcedata stemmed from the respondents themselves who gave the information requiredfor the data collection process and the secondary source data stemmed from thedeans and principal who provided the backup information to ensure the accuracyof the collected data.