# Activity 2: Choose Your Approach

What approach will you be taking in your research? Look at the table below to decide.

 The researcher aims to … predict and explain, usually generalising from carefully selected samples understand the particular, contributing to building a framework of ‘multiple realities’ The researcher uses (for example) … survey, experiment, structured observation unstructured observation, case study, unstructured interview, participant observation The researcher aims to be … independent, an outsider an insider, interacting with participants The researcher looks at … things that can be quantified and counted perceptions, feelings, ideas, thoughts, actions as heard or observed The researcher analyses … variables, decided on in advance of fieldwork emergent patterns The design of the research is ... fixed flexible Other words sometimes used (often inaccurately) to sum up these approaches ... scientific, quantitative, nomothetic naturalistic, qualitative, idiographic