In Chapter Two, we examined the overall design of the research; we described and explored the main research paradigms; we also looked at case study research. Once you have settled on your research design, having decided which broad approach you are to use, you now have to select the most appropriate method or methods to be used.
In this chapter, the following topics are considered:
- Deciding on the suitability of any particular method
- Advantages and disadvantages of the main research instruments–questionnaires, interviews, documentary analysis, observation, diaries and logs
- Issues involved in designing and constructing each of these.
There is a ‘golden rule’ that can be applied in all cases concerning choice of a research instrument: