Interviews: It came as a very good source of knowledge when I decided to get opinions of the experts in the study of Feminist Research Methodology. The interviews of lecturers on the Women’s Studies and Feminist Methodologies, from different countries were an eye opener in my research subject. To compare the different understandings of the subject gave me thorough knowledge of my research topic. I got opportunity to compare their points of view and approaches to the subject. One more important reason to carry out interviews was to find out answers of different aspects which emerged from the questionnaire research I conducted. Getting the experts opinion on the topic clarified the approach with which I undertook my research topic. Carrying out personal interviews was not a possibility because of budget and time restraints, therefore I decided to send my questions through emails and have conversations on the telephone, wherever possible.
The objective of the research: In this research we would explore the answer of following question:
What do we mean by Feminist Methodology?
What lead to Feminist thinking?
What are the qualitative and quantitative methods, differences, and usefulness and importance differences?
How does the use of surveys help?
What is the concept of gate keeping and triangulation?
What are essential principles of feminist research?
The central question: Objectivity of qualitative and quantitative approach of the Feminist Research Methodology
Feminist Methodology: Feminist methodology is the way of to study to include the women’s experiences into academic knowledge. This methodology has been build up to give voice to the apprehensions of feminist scholars.
Liberal Feminism: This idea asserts equality among men and women by the way of political and legal reform.
Anarchist: This ideology deems patriarchy as involuntary hierarchy in the society and their struggle against it is part of class struggle. The voice against oppression, inequality was raised by
Socialist Feminism: Its believer equates oppression of women to Marxist idea of oppression, inequality and labour.
Qualitative Approach of Research: A study based on detailed descriptions and explanations of the phenomenon.
Quantitative Approach of Research: A finding based only on the measures of quantifiable data.
Gate keeping: Essentially the watch feminist activist keep on the knowledge published in book or other media.
Surveys: Despite being quantitative in nature feminist researchers rely on surveys to devise theories with widespread applicability.
Triangulation: It is a way to use more than one research methods together. Using one quantitative and one qualitative method, such that both the methods complementing and completing each other.
Possible bias: The most natural bias would be my inclination towards the qualitative research methodologies, as I believe in using the data alone data not suffice a proper research. Another distortion which I am concerned about is the direction of my research. There is huge amount of knowledge present on the subject I chose, which might turn my research astray from the core question.