During my fieldwork in Rwanda, I increasingly realised that it was important to incorporate primary research data into my study, but because of a lack of data on my topic, I made use of other sources of qualitative data to validate my findings.
This strategy, according to Denzin (1970), is known as methodological triangulation and it allows researchers to make use of various data gathering methods to ensure internal validity.
Maybe you reflected on the situation and learned a valuable lesson about the importance of time management.
As a result, you’re now a more conscientious student.
Because I had to write down observational notes while engaging with the respondent, it was difficult to record all the information and I lost out on some important points.
I tried to strike a balance between note taking and the interview process, but I found this to be a difficult endeavour.
If you look at your own reflection in a mirror, you’ll see yourself as you are today, not as you were yesterday. If you’re still not quite sure what it means to reflect, read How to Write a Reflective Essay That Is Interesting or check out this informative Slide Share.
Even though this essay isn’t very long, it’s a good example of the core component of the reflective essay: an explanation of how an event or experience affects the writer.
Notably, scholars such as Aberbach and Rockman (2002), Hoffmann-Lange (1987) as well as Zuckerman (1972) have also shown that elites prefer to engage with open-ended questions so that they can articulate their views coherently.
During my interviews with elite groups, I did not always draft formal questions, but I made sure that I was familiar with the topic so that I could comfortably develop a natural rapport with the respondents.