The paper goes systematically. In the first half of the paper, it provides a brief account of the approach to be taken while conducting this research. This is followed by a step-by-step guide through the entire process of data collection, data analyzing and reporting. It is not a manual on how to conduct a research. It is not even intended that way. It is rather a way to enlighten the novice researcher of the pitfalls associated with research and common mistakes encountered. It tells him, how he must avoid those mistakes if the work is to be deemed authentic and valid.
Survey research asks of the same practices and methods as those undertaken in other approaches for research. The journal editors and the research community at large will evaluate a research report with the same level of intensity as that of any other research report. This does not imply that the survey research is difficult or complex, but the point being that the researchers need to be aware of the steps that should be taken in a survey research and they should be thoughtful, in their planning, execution and reporting of the project. More than anything else, survey research should not be considered as a quick, easy and dirty option. It should be worked over very cautiously. If haphazard work is done on it then, it won’t be able to add sufficient and desired value to education.
The article elaborates on the development of the Team Diagnostic survey (TDS). It is an instrument which is used to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of work teams and for research on team behavior and performance. The TDS revolves primarily around research and theory on the conditions set to foster and build team effectiveness. It gives an insight into how well a team is structured, supported and what is it’s leadership like. It reflects on how the processes members engage in while working, the impact of their reactions to the team at large and to the work . On the psychometric properties level, TDS