D2-Evaluate how the research project into eating patterns could have been improved

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Unit 22, M4, D2                 K. B

D2-Evaluate how the research project could have been improved

The topic & main aim of the research was to find out the eating patterns of college students.  

I feel that the sample that I used were at a right age of 16 to 19 year olds. I feel this was the best age sample to use because the sample we questioned were more or less my age so I could analyse them and relate to the results more better rather than questioning an elderly user or a middle aged user because I wouldn’t always understand their concepts of their eating patterns. If we were too choose a specific population for example only questioning students from a particular race or culture would have given us a whole different result. Every culture & ethnicity have different ways of cooking and eating their foods, if were to take an African Caribbean student we’d receive a higher percentage in fast food consumption because African Caribbean’s usually have more bigger and oiler food sizes. Whereas if I were to question perhaps an English or Irish student I think I’d receive a less percentage of fast food consumption because they are used to having more vegetables or less fatty foods. Although I cannot generalise and say that every culture eats the same foods, it also is true and does apply to some users. Furthermore I feel that if I were to have a sample where I would use only a specific race then it would affect & change the results greatly.

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In class we were given a choice by our teacher of what research method we would like to use for the coursework. Some students were confused of whether to use questionnaires or interviews so our teacher played a helpful part because he took time to explain to the class as a whole the advantages & disadvantages of both questionnaires & interviews. After he taught us this we fully understand the difference between the research methods and had a better insight on what we found easier to use in order to pass the coursework. I feel that by using questionnaires it ...

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