Hi every one! am currently building my M.A(Gender and Development) proposa and i would want to collect information on the knowledge and skills women have used over time and those in use currently, the coping and adaptive strategies as well as the challenges they face in household food production and provision of the same. Please assist me in this. Thank you.
Your query is not sufficiently specific for anyone to offer you a sensible reply. The best method to use will depend, on the one hand on features of the situtation in which you are reseaching; for instance, the literacy/research awareness of the subjects (for example subject completed diaries have proved the best approach to studying household consumption in the UK, but are not much use with non-literate subjects), the extent to which the information you want is sensitive/ embarrassing to them, their availability (length of time they are available. availability out of hearing of others if that is important, available to be observed if that is important), their feelings about notes being taken or recorders being used and so on.
And on the other hand, your research question (what information do you need to answer it and the number of people you would have to study to get an answer ;ie your sample size), your research resources (how much time do you have ?) and various philosophical considerations you might have about the superiority of data collected in different ways. Note that the majority of the literature on research spends most words on epistemological discussions of the last point,but it is matters listed earlier which are most important in practical terms.
In addition it is worth taking into account other research on the subject. You might want to use the methods used by another researcher to make your research directly comparable to theirs, or alternatively to adopt a research method which has strengths to correct the weaknesses of the methods used by them.
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