Descriptive Research Method

    descriptive research
  • Descriptive research, also known as statistical research, describes data and characteristics about the population or phenomenon being studied. Descriptive research answers the questions who, what, where, when and how
  • A form of conclusive research that aims to describe a product or market or identify associations among variables.
  • Research that is designed primarily to describe rather than to explain a set of conditions, characteristics, or attributes of people in a population, based on measurement of a sample.
  • method acting: an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
  • Orderliness of thought or behavior; systematic planning or action
  • a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)
  • A particular form of procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, esp. a systematic or established one
  • In object-oriented programming, a method is a subroutine that is exclusively associated either with a class (in which case it is called a class method or a static method) or with an object (in which case it is an instance method).
descriptive research method
I took this photo of myself after writing my interview reflection. I am not sure if the look in my eyes is one of pure exhaustion from looking at a computer screen for 'x' number of hours while transcribing. Or if it is merely reflective, or maybe even filled with inspiration, caused by the experience- I am sure it was a combination of all of the above. I have really enjoyed how multifaceted the methods of this research class has been. From participant observation, to interview and now especially to the visual methodologies. There has been much that I haven't been able to capture on camera- whether it because of the physicality of it, my own hesitations or for fear of ruining relations with subjects. Yet I have been able to capture so much more than I ever initially thought, that has been especially useful for my research topic. There is so much of phenomenological research of an embodied experience that just cannot be fully captured with words- no matter how descriptive the paragraphs might be. The visual imagery I might have been able to write could never have fully captured the excitement photos can capture on the summit of Katahdin, the layout of a typical trail shelter, or the simplicity of seeing a single wet footprint on a stepping stone. All though the photos might not be able to fully capture the personalized experience, they have a particular power to them- at least to give the viewer the illusion of having a sense of the experience. Obviously, it goes without saying, all these photos have been influenced and framed by the researcher (myself), and I have a particular goals in mind while taking these photos. However, by having a visual project, not only does it act as a reminder to the researcher of particular locations, moods, individuals they have interacted with during their research, but it also makes ethnographic research much more attainable and relatable to the public, in a way that a multiple page, multiple chapter thesis could never achieve.
The King of Bitters. Andrographis paniculata, Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, Kepong, Malaysia
The King of Bitters. Andrographis paniculata, Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, Kepong, Malaysia
The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) at Kepong about 20 km from Kuala Lumpur is not only a research institute but also oversees a wonderful forest reserve and park. A good place for a walk or even some jogging on the well-maintained paths and roads up and along the hills. Many kinds of trees and other plants, and a multitude of biting, stinging and also innocuous insects, often of vivid colors; the smells and aromas of the forest; bird song... so much for all the senses. And a multitude of wild flowers as well. This photo is of a flower of the King of Bitters or Creat, one of the most bitter plants in existence. As such it is used in much native medicine and before the advent of penicillin it's antibiotic effects were well-known. It's still today the subject of much research. Like many plants, this one, too, went through a range of name changes. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth century it went by the name Justicia paniculata (named for the Scottish botanist James Justice [1683-1763]), but then it was given its more directly descriptive name of Andrographis paniculata; the 'andrographis' is Latinised Greek for 'anther or stamen like a paintbrush' ('propter antheras penicellatas', as Nathaniel Wallich's 1832 flora for 'rare' Asian plants has it); the 'paniculata' refers to the tufted inflorescences. It was originally described for India (e.g. the Malabar Coast) and for Sri Lanka, but it 's found all over the Tropics, and delights the eye! It measures about 1 cm across and a tad more up-and-down.