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Is it true that practical factors are the most important factor when choosing a method of research?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Sociologist have argued that practical factors tend to be more important than the other factors when choosing a method of research. Although the use of practical factors may be important criticisms have been made stating that the two other factors also carry an equal importance when choosing a method of research. Sociologist claimed that funding is essential when starting a research. Without sufficient funding a sociologist would not be able to continue or would unexpectedly be able to start the research in the first place. Thus, to overcome this sociologist require the assistance of government or specific organization to take interest and provide the sufficient funds to carry the research. A common different between both parties is that and organization tend to take up researches that can enable them to sell it to other companies ,improve quality of life and extend the knowledge of society. However governments tend to invest on researches in specific fields such as transport, health, crime and housing. ...read more.

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Lastly ,the nature of the researcher may affect the method of research that the sociologist may choose. Different sociologist have different methods of doing researches. If the sociologist is a positivist they often conduct large scale methods for example questionnaires and if the sociologist is an interpretivist they often choose research methods that shows the true nature of individuals for example participant observation. On the other hand, some sociologist argue the view in regard to the importance of practical factors tend to be over exaggerated. Ethicality have been said to be a prime argument in the choosing of research methods. The effect on the people being researched have been argued to be an ethical factor. Researcher imposition have commonly been criticize when a sociologist conducts their research. The effect they may have on the research due to their presence and a way to overcome it. Furthermore, the legality morality have been criticize by many sociologist. In the event the sociologist that are doing covert researches are dragged into acts that are illegal, this action are often risky as the law is still broken, despite it being a research. ...read more.

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Both have different views that the researcher must reevaluate when doing the research. Lastly, the interpretation of research finding, the last conclusion and step needed towards a research. It is largely depended upon what the researcher is looking for, and that in turn depends on the theoretical approach the research emphasizes with. For example, a feminist researcher will be more keen to understand the position of women whereas Marxist will be looking for signs of class struggles and functionalist on the other hand will look on the key indications to prove that set of common beliefs exist. In conclusion, the view that practical factors are the most important tend to be overstated. There are other factors such as ethical factors and theoretical factor that also weigh and importance and contribute to the choosing of a research method. For a sociologist to maximize the choosing of research methods there is a need to take into account different factors and to not focus on only one factor. ...read more.

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