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1990) Basics of Qualitative Research: Grounded Theory Procedures and Techniques, Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 3 How to ChooseYour Research Methods As we have seen in the previous chapter, research methods are the tools you use to collect your data. Before you decide which would be the most appropriate methods for your research, you need to ﬁnd out a little more about these tools. This chapter gives a description of the methods of interviewing, focus groups, questionnaires and participant observation.
If your goal is detailed description, you do not need to try to contact as many people as possible. Let us return to the three examples in the exercises given in the previous two chapters to ﬁnd out which would be the most appropriate methods for the research. EXAMPLE 3: APPROPRIATE METHODS Revised statement 1: This research aims to ¢nd out what primary school teachers think about the educational value of ‘TheTeletubbies’ television programme. This researcher is interested in attitude and opinion.