I kind of regret not reading this week’s articles before having my research of the research proposal started, because he content was actually helpful. So both texts were mostly about how to do a research proposal.

Lindlof and Taylors’ was like giving the whole structure of doing a proposal. like it says about the researcher’s attitude for example “researchers do not return to an early step unless the move is already built into the design.” The research ideas can be various such as theories, public problems or personal experiences. The most useful part (i think) are the personal experience and questioning ourselves, which they are quite linked to our work. It pointed out that we should keep on asking ourselves why? or is it true? howcome? so that we could figure out the points that prove out findings or analysis. also the last part of the text is useful too as it gives the whole structure of a proposal.

Corti’s was a bit more specific in an area because it mainly talks about the way of researching, which is diaries. so it talks about the pros & cons of using diaries to research, like data can be more personal as they just record it but not like being ask face to face with the embarrassment. on the other hand data might be incomplete, not clear enough or under reporting. what i found useful is the personal interview. it is sort of like backing up the data collected or getting more additional information. i may try to do it too as in terms of the proposal we are doing now I could ask why he/she is so addictive to facebook? it could turn out oh it is just a leisure activity or (for overseas students) this is the main pathway to stay connected to friends or family.

hope i can do better in my research and hope you guys find the articles useful too.


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  1. sleung17 Says:

    I concur, these articles do give us a better insight behind the meanings of using diaries as a source of collecting data. Usually I would have thought the purpose of a diary was just to serve as a vehicle for venting thoughts, emotions and feelings, but perhaps but linking these concepts to the reasonings, we can relate to their own personal experiences!

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