|a.||specifying the kinds of information needed to answer the research questions|
|b.||identifying sources of such information and methods of gathering it|
|c.||devising techniques and instruments for collecting information from the chosen sources|
The purpose of Stage III-A is to describe each of these steps. Chapter 7 (Types of Research Methods and Sources of Information) addresses steps (a) and (b). Chapter 8 (Data Collection Techniques and Instruments) concerns step (c). During the process of gathering data, students often encounter frustrating problems. Chapter 9 (Things That Go Wrong) identifies some of the more common difficulties and suggests ways of solving them.
While choosing a means of collecting information, you also face the task of deciding how to compile your data in a form that facilitates their interpretation. Ways of performing that task are described in the following substage entitled Stage III-B: Organizing Information.