The layout of the chapter is generally based on the layout of the model but the areas I would expect to see considered/discussed are: ·
Review of the topic area……choice of topic, some justification for it, why it is needed,
how it was narrowed down ·
Literature review/secondary research….
your methodology chapter is not just about primary research so you also need to say how the secondary research was conducted, where did you get the source material, key word searches etc ·
you should make sure you explain both options and then further explore the option you have chosen, you need to be able to justify your choices through literature and previous studies ·
Data collection method…how are you collecting the information, why is it the most appropriate, how are you choosing your sample size, how are your questions formulated/designed, what interview structure has been chosen etc · If you are using a combination of methods above then this is where you would also mention discuss triangulation (it can be mentioned if you are not but in a lesser degree)…basically triangulation is the use of more than one data collection method within a study, it helps make sure that the information gathered is correct and a further way to ensure reliable data. ·
Data analysis……once you have all of the raw data what will you do with it? How will it be broken down and analysed for the study ·
Reliability & Validity……how have you ensured this for your study…be careful at this point not to undermine your own study by telling me unreliable methods have been chosen! ·
Ethical issues……a small section on this to ensure you have taken due care, relate to the ethics form you have completed (this will then be included as an appendix) ·
Limitations of study…..again not a large section but you must explain that there are limitations to a study for both secondary and primary research it might be amount of literature available, time, money etc, this can then link with suggestions for improvement if your were to complete the study again.