You'll get our 5 free 'One Minute Life Skills' We'll never share your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time. However you also want to introduce a 'human touch' by conducting one or several interviews asking what these trends mean to people or how particular individuals experience events.
One way to do this is to not rely exclusively on the theories developed within your particular discipline, but to think about how an issue might be informed by theories developed in other disciplines.
The methodology should also explain the weaknesses of your chosen approach and how you plan to avoid the worst pitfalls, perhaps by triangulating your data with other methods, or why you do not think the weakness is relevant.
Can you combine quantitative with qualitative methods?
How long were the interviews and how were they recorded? Outline the tools, procedures and materials you used to gather data, and the criteria you used to select participants or sources.
And when presenting your dissertation, don't forget to emphasise the value of the methodological framework you develop, if it is indeed adaptable to other related contexts.
Why is this the most suitable approach to answering your research questions?
What tools or technologies did you use in the experiment? Articulating the theoretical assumptions of a research study forces you to address questions of why and how.
Questionnaires can be used to collect both quantitative and qualitative data, although you will not be able to get the level of detail in qualitative responses to a questionnaire that you could in an interview.
A theoretical study is one that does not depend upon an experiment, manipulation of variables or empirical evidence.
If you've come up with a methodology that is both original and grounded in the research, this will probably be the aspect of your work that other scholars value the most.
You can acknowledge limitations or weaknesses in the approach you chose, but justify why these were outweighed by the strengths.