A practical guide to research methods by Dawson C.

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Tel: 020 7725 3431. Fax: 020 7725 3465. uk Revised statement 2: The aim of this research is to ¢nd out how many relatives of Alzheimer’s patients use the Maple Day Centre, and to ascertain whether the service is meeting their needs. The research population is limited to relatives of Alzheimer’s patients who use the Maple Day Centre. One clue to the methodology is in the words ‘how many’ which suggests a quantitative study. However, he is also interested in ¢nding out whether the service meets their needs, which 24 / A P R A C T I C A L G U I D E T O R E S E A R C H M E T H O D S requires some more in-depth inquiry.

As it is attitudes, behaviour and experiences which are important, fewer people take part in the research, but the contact with these people tends to last a lot longer. Under the umbrella of qualitative research there are many different methodologies. Examples of some of these methodologies are summarised below. If you wish to pursue any of these in more depth, useful references are included at the end of this chapter. Quantitative research generates statistics through the use of large-scale survey research, using methods such as questionnaires or structured interviews.

Also, you will be able to decide early on how many people you need to contact (see Chapter 5). H O W T O C H O O S E Y O U R R E S E A R C H M E T H O D S / 35 However, in some types of qualitative research it may be difficult to define your methods specifically. You may decide that semi-structured interviews would be useful, although you’re not sure, in the planning stages, how many you will need to conduct. You may find also that you need to use other methods as the research progresses. Maybe you want to run a focus group to see what people think about the hypotheses you have generated from the interviews.

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