Whenever i write my paper i always get puzzled with this irritating method of how to collect data. I always face difficulty while deciding an appropriate way to collect data.
My research is on increasing divorce rates. I have no idea about how to collect data and which method would be the most suitable to analyze the data collected and i don’t even have any idea what are all the things that one should keep in mind while data collection, that’s why i am finding it difficult to select methodology for my research. I need to know the details for a better understanding.
Hey, don’t worry data gathering is so simple my friend. There are different data gathering procedures that you can use. It depends on your convenience and the ease in gathering the required details that you can use for the research results. I will brief you about different methods used for data collection.
Interview: Through this method, you can gather raw and reliable data direct from your subjects. This method gives you a very credible result from this data gathering procedure.
Surveying: It actually involves gathering responses from subjects through a written medium. This includes distribution of paper questionnaires for your subjects to answer.
These are just some of the basic data gathering procedures that you can utilize for your research paper.
Hello, if you are talking about increasing divorce rate in general then you should study people’s’ mind and perspective by qualitative method. Go and talk to couples, single people, divorced and know their perspective regarding divorce. I think this will be the best suited method for data collection for your research.
I am also giving you some links related to your research. You can read them and will get to know more about research methodology.
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.876.8255&rep=rep1&type=pdf , http://www.ucd.ie/geary/static/publications/workingpapers/gearywp201320.pdf
Your research will dictate the kinds of research methodologies you use to underpin your work and methods you use in order to collect data. If you wish to collect quantitative data you are probably measuring variables and verifying existing theories or hypotheses or questioning them.
Qualitative research is carried out when we wish to understand meanings, look at, describe and understand experience, ideas, beliefs and values.
http://home.cc.gatech.edu/cmgardne/uploads/58/Research%20Methods%20and%20Designs.docx.pdf . Here, is one link which has a very detailed explanation about research methodology. I think this is what you need. Once you will read it, you will not face any problem related to research methodology.