Research Methodology: Research Methodology

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Chapter 3: Research Methodology 3.1 Introduction This chapter outlines the methodology used to conduct this research. Consequentially, due to the nature of this study, it was evident that using a qualitative research approach was the key to provide an in-depth understanding of the current EEP and possible recommendations in order to adapt this to kindergarten II level. 3.2 Qualitative Research A qualitative approach provides the researchers with a detailed description regarding the area of study (Hucker, 2005; Strauss & Corbin, 1998) as through interviews, observations and/or films (Strauss & Corbin, 1998) one is given the opportunity to discuss matters with individuals who expertise in the area (Mack, Woodsong, MacQueen, Guest, & Namey,…show more content…
As discussed earlier, a quantitative approach does not give one the opportunity to observe and interact with the participants on issues relevant to the study (Creswell, 2013), hence; it would have been rather difficult to comprehend meaning related to this area. Moreover, due to the fact that ethics education has been recently introduced to the Maltese educational system, opinions regarding this programme are constantly changing. Therefore, as researchers of this study we believed that the ideal technique for one to collect data was through semi-structured interviews as to understand the on-going EEP and gain any relevant recommendations and suggestions that one will subsequently need to consider when implementing this in the kindergarten II…show more content…
In the case of structured interviews, the researcher prepares a set of questions prior to the interview which are not subject to change, hence similar to questionnaires; one verbally asks individuals fixed questions in a structural way (Lakshman et al., 2000; Newton, 2010). Nevertheless, unstructured interviews, also referred to as in-depth interviews (Bricki & Green, 2007) can never be defined as completely unstructured since according to DiCicco-Bloom & Crabtree (2006) it is essential for one to have an objective, prior to the planned set of interviews in order to collect data appropriately. Moreover, it is often related to observations (Newton, 2010) since it is used to gather detailed information regarding the interviewee’s personal feelings and experiences (Bricki & Green, 2007; DiCicco-Bloom & Crabtree,

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