August 18, 2009

A Sample Research Methodology

Research Methodology

The study is going to be one that is on the exploratory level. Initially, the study is going to descriptively inquire on the variables at hand. Subsequently, it is going to move further by delving into the similarities and differences between Chinese and British societies. There are two research sites for this study, which are China or Mainland China to be specific and Great Britain.

The data gathering plan for this study is such that it is going to make use of primary and secondary data. By primary data or to obtain a first-hand account, an in-depth interview is going to be conducted. By secondary data, the researcher is going to collate pertinent published sources - books and/or academic journals from local and foreign universities.

Probability sampling is going to be used. Simple random sampling is going to be employed through draw lots or picking one from a hat or cap. China governs 22 provinces (Wikipedia, 2006). Great Britain is composed of 3 countries - England, Scotland and Wales (Wikipedia, 2006). The first level of simple random sampling selection begins with selecting only one of the 22 provinces of China. As for Great Britain, the study is going to include all 3 countries, and the first process of sampling selection begins with selecting only one from the counties or council areas of each countries. In other words, only one county is going to be selected from England, one council area from Scotland, and one council area from Wales. After selecting one province and one county or council area, the next step is to obtain a list of schools, i.e. middle school or secondary school or those schools by which adolescents enter into. From then, still through simple random sampling selection, only one of these schools is going to be selected. Again, there is a need to obtain a list of students whose age falls within the range of 13 to 18. Lastly, simple random sampling selection is going to be utilized in selecting two respondents, one male and one female, from the total population of adolescent students in that school. Therefore, all in all, there will be 8 respondents - 2 from (mainland) China, and 6 from Great Britain. These adolescents are the units of observation, while the influence of the cultural group they belong to in the development of emotion regulation serve as the units of analyses.

A semi-structured questionnaire is going to be utilized. The reason behind is that the researcher may encounter answers from the respondents that may not fall in one or more of the prepared questions. This way, primary data collection is flexible. Interview is going to be recorded thru either cassette recorder or video. Answers are going to be transcribed and coded. From the coded answers, the researcher is going to derive some patterns. The questionnaire pertains to the research problems in sight. Apart from being on the exploratory level of research, this case study is a qualitative type of research too. The quality or the meanings behind the concepts at hand are given full attention. Likewise, the statistical formula or method to be used in this study is correlation.

Of utmost importance is that this case study is going to observe the ethics of research. The respondents are given the right to depart from the study if they find the study to be detrimental to them. They are reserved the right to anonymity, or the right to conceal their names. Lastly, this case study is going to deal with the respondents by way of an informed consent.

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