One more experience on collecting data for research

According to Creswell (2014) data collection process is held in five steps, The first stage involves selection of the participants and the site, obtaining permission to conduct the research, gather the information in particular form, Transcripting the results following ethical issues.
To select the participants of the study, the group of students is asked one question “Do you like on-line Academic English (English for writing Thesis) course or not? Four participants for the interview will be selected applying maximal variation sampling. According to Creswell (2014), maximal variation sampling is used when to capture a wider range of perspectives of the topic, also, the maximal variation sampling seeks for the typical views of respondents whose thoughts are more extreme in nature (Creswell, 2014, p.163). Three students with extreme positive and three students with extreme negative answers are be invited to the interview.
To address the research questions of the present study the research is held at XXX University, Kazakhstan. Wide range of different regions representatives and substantial number of students, who have experience in online learning along with easy access to the them for the researcher contributed to the choice of the XXX University to be the research site for the study. The researcher will invite potential interviewees to participate in person for the interviews on the November, 1st. The day before, I contacted the participant to remind about the interview, agree on time and location. The interviews were conducted at a time, language, and location convenient for the participant.
I gave the consent form to the interviewee to sign prior to the interview then I asked permission of the interviewees for using the recorder. I was supposed to use interview protocol to write the most important information. Unfortunately, that was difficult, as the researcher was very much involved into semi-structured interview and sometimes could not cope with researcher’s prompt reaction. The weak part of me as data collector for the research that I am too involved into the problem discussed with interviewee that researcher’s position on the topic was observed by some respondents.

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3 thoughts on “One more experience on collecting data for research

  1. Dear Oxana,

    The process of carrying out an interview was organized very well. All the stages were planned with the purpose to collect the data for further analysis.
    Reagrding your research limitations, I would recommend you to create online survey for the particpants so that their the name, occupation, and other information concerning participant would remain anonymous.

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  2. Oxana,

    This looks like the draft of your methodology section, which is nice to see your careful thought process in developing your interview plan and justification. However, for the blog assignment, it would be better to hear about your personal experience in more detail. How, for example, did you deal with that instance when you let your personal views get in the way of your interviewing? How do you plan to apply what you’ve done in this project to your full thesis?

    A couple notes about writing:

    1) Be careful to make complete sentences. Your first paragraph is rather confusing because it combines complete sentences with a comma (comma splice) and then follows with an un-parallel list. You also mention that there are 5 stages, but then list what seems like components of only the first one.

    2) Be careful with APA referencing. Any in-text citation should also be accompanied with a reference list at the end of the text.

    3) Finally, double check your page numbers for paraphrases. When I went to check the quality of your paraphrasing (you did a great job, by the way!) I went to Creswell p. 163, but there was nothing about maximal variation sampling. That section is p. 229.

    4/5

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  3. Dear Oxana,

    From your post I see that the work by Creswell is really appreciated and used by you. I do agree that his book on educational research is informative and educational but I would like to recommend you some other authors and works on qualitative method, which are available in the library and very helpful in writing a thesis. D. Silverman’s book “Doing qualitative research” is a kind of step-by-step guide to planning and conducting a qualitative study; ethical issues and data collection instruments are deeply described in Berg’s work “Qualitative research methods”; another must-have book for research preparation is by K. Punch called “Developing effective research proposals”. In case you need some more support, the university librarians will be willing to help you much more, I believe!

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