Research methodology simply refers to a term that means a way in which to solve problems in other words the research process. In the following research methodology I will be discussing the methodological process with reference to my research question of how do men who grew up in the apartheid era understand their experiences of being fathered and cared for as boy children or adolescents.
In the qualitative approach the researcher attempts to gain a first hand, holistic understanding of phenomena of interest by means of a flexible strategy of problem formulation and data collection, shaped as the investigation proceeds. (Fortune & Reid 1999:94)The qualitative researcher is therefore concerned with understanding rather than explanation, naturalistic observation rather than controlled measurement. ( Moroy 1995:2009-2015)
Where as in quantitative research on the other hand refers to inquiry into a social or human problem, based on testing a theory composed of variables ,measured with numbers and analysed with statistical procedures in order to determine whether the predictive generalisations of the theory hold true. (Creswell 1994:1-2) the researcher’s role is that of an objective observer whose involvement with phenomena being studied is limited to what is required to obtain the necessary data.
Therefore the qualitative research method, which will be used in this research project, allows for observation from an outsider to the insiders experience, where as quantitative research as a method limits the researcher to a questionnaire or a necessary data collection process.
This type of research could be seen as feminist because it is only aimed at men’s experiences of being fathered and cared for as boy children and adolescents. It is in a sense targeting men and it cold bring about varies issues of violence, neglect and abuse amongst the participants. This type of research is a reminder of the patriarchal society we live in even...