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Multidisciplinary Study for Rural Development Prof. Dr. Sripen Supapidhayakul GROUP MEMBERS PISUTA PATTANAVIMON 5245875929 MONRADA AIKWANICH 5245885129 LUXSIKA KATEBUROME 5245889729 WIPASSORN TONGTAOW 5245894829 1) Major Concerns in Conducting Qualitative Research Qualitative research is an interpretative approach to observe and study the nature that surrounds us. This type of research is carried out in the field. The main purpose of qualitative research is to produce an in-depth description; understanding of human’s
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Multidisciplinary Study for Rural Development Prof. Dr. Sripen Supapidhayakul behavior, interaction, discourse, and phenomena by working closely with research participants. The main interest of qualitative research is on meaning and interpretation, ignoring the hypothesis testing, unlike quantitative research. Also qualitative research is dynamic; it does not follow a particular way of posing questions and exploring ways of answering them. Researchers often conduct interviews in which the conversational partners tell their own stories and do not follow a predetermined format. They do not have plan about who they will study and how they will conduct their research, which leads to low reputation qualitative research in some social disciplinary communities because they do not use standardized procedures. Another concern is that students sometimes do not completely understand what qualitative research is because there is no single or better way of conducting them. Qualitative research provides multiple realities, and the fact that there is no single reality of an interpretation is unacceptable. Qualitative research follows an inductive approach in which researchers begin by conducting data and use them to interpret an individual’s phenomena or a group’s interaction without testing hypothesis like in experimental research. This type of research focuses on the study of a holistic view rather than specific variables. Researchers are interested in making description, understanding, and coming to interpretation, and not in generalizing cause and effect. Researchers play a significant role in qualitative research process, since it is up to the researchers to filter and decide what information to gather as well as interpreting those data; therefore the problem of biases arises. Many researchers tend to include their personal ideas and opinions, such as a political instance, to their research results. However, striving for objectivity by reducing bias is not much of a concern for qualitative research. Most researchers realize about the effects of personal and social influences on their research work and result, but in public eyes, these influences are mostly concealed and treated as
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