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Unformatted text preview: Research Methods 1 Running Head: Research Methods Research Methods Karen White BUSI 600 Liberty University Research Methods 2 Research Methods The research methods are divided into three broad categories; quantitative, qualitative and participatory research method. These research methods have different approach, techniques and tools to conduct a research (Collis et al, 2009). Quantitative methods are the main focus in the development research while qualitative and participatory research methods based on desirable outcomes. These traditional methods are now considered as outdated ones. New tools and solutions are continuously developed and integrated to mix these research methods (Creswell, 2003). Mayoux (2005) suggested that quantitative methods are derived from experimental and statistical methods of research. They measure the objectivity of the data to find out the truth or falsehood of a developed hypothesis. This method is based on the measurement of what is happening to how many people. The tools used in these methods are large scale surveys and analysis of the same with statistical techniques. The hypothesis is formed before conducting the surveys and the questionnaires are developed in the basis of those questionnaires. The qualitative research methods originated from sociology, anthropology, history, and geography. These methods widely differ from the quantitative research methods. The qualitative research techniques focuses on developing understandings about the real time environment and processes involved. The questions and hypothesis is developed on the basis of these understandings. The qualitative research methodologies focus on the selection of small scale cases that are investigated by using a combination of formal and informal methods like interviews, observations, and the newly introduced tools like photography and video footages (Grunow, 1995). The questions developed in this research are open ended in nature and are subject to change over time to fill the needs Research Methods 3 of research due to the variability of reality. Different sampling methods like purposive sampling techniques are used in this type of research. This research needs long term involvement of the researcher based on his skill to collect data and analyze it (Porter & Desai, 2005). Johnson and Mayoux (1998) indicated that the participatory methods originated from the development activism like NGOs and social movements in the various fields of life. This research is conducted not to find out the knowledge base about the particular subject but to investigate social change and empowerment in the society and culture. subject but to investigate social change and empowerment in the society and culture....
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