Reflecting on the Starting to think about research methods material, I start to think about which methods I’d like to explore in the next two weeks.
So, considering the first question, which is: “What kind of topics are you interested in researching?”- I’m interested in homeopathy research.
- What initial research questions might be starting to emerge for you?
As a question of research in homeopathy, it would be:
What are you interested in researching – people, groups, communities, documents, images, organisations? The answer is: people, groups, communities.
- Do you have an initial ideas for the kinds of methods that might help you to gather useful knowledge in your area of interest? No. The research involves a number of components, which in combination constitute a research design.
- What initial questions do you have about those methods? What don’t you understand yet? I do not yet understand what type of design to use in my future research.
- Do you perceive any potential challenges in your initial ideas: either practical challenges, such as gaining access to the area you want to research, or the time it might take to gather data; or conceptual challenges; such as how the method you are interested in can produce ‘facts’, ‘truths’, or ‘valuable knowledge’ in your chosen area?
The answer is: practical challenges, such as gaining access to the area I want to research.