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X Any information obtained from secondary sources must be carefully assessed for its relevance and accuracy. 48 / A P R A C T I C A L G U I D E T O R E S E A R C H M E T H O D S X Notes from primary and secondary sources should be carefully filed and labelled so that the source can be found again, if required. X When noting details for books, reports or articles which may appear in the final report, include all the details which would be needed for the bibliography. FURTHER READING Gash, S. (1999) Effective Literature Searching for Research, 2nd edition, Aldershot: Gower.

After having thought about how to focus her topic, make the project more manageable and produce a worthwhile piece of research, the researcher came up with the following revised statement: Revised statement 1: This research aims to ¢nd out what primary school teachers think about the educational value of ‘TheTeletubbies’ television programme. This research topic is now well-focused. The main clue to the methodology is the word ‘think’. The student wishes to get an H O W T O D E C I D E U P O N A M E T H O D O L O G Y / 23 in-depth opinion, but is not concerned with speaking to a large number of primary school teachers.

Feminist researchers critique both the research topics and the methods used; especially those which emphasise objective, scienti¢c ‘truth’. With its emphasis on participative, qualitative inquiry, feminist research has provided a valuable alternative framework for researchers who have felt uncomfortable with treating people as research ‘objects’. Under the umbrella of feminist research are various di¡erent standpoints ^ these are discussed in considerable depth in some of the texts listed at the end of this chapter.

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