Data was collected using semi structured interviews with research subjects, in order to collect the richest possible data. Semi structured interviews were selected due to their ability to allow respondents to provide additional data where needed to support the research process and development of insight (Saunders et al, 2007, p. 130).
Consent was obtained from the female academic staff who made up the sample, so that each interviewee knew the nature of the research being carried out, were informed of its purpose and the procedures being used, were informed that they could discontinue their participation at any point if they wished and that their personal details would be kept completely confidential. (Arksey and Knight 1999).
The individual interviews and the group interview were audio recorded and subsequently transcribed. Both the audio recordings and the written transcriptions were used in the analysis process. The recordings and transcriptions were stored securely for confidentiality purposes.
Field notes were made shortly after each interview, as a means of commenting on the interview procedure, how the interview had progressed, anything noteworthy that had happened during the interview and any early analytical thoughts about narrative content that had been created by the interview.
3.4 Sampling strategy
Sampling is an important part of any primary research project, which has a large number of potential sources of data in the overall population (Fiegen, 2010, p.390). In the case of the present research, the population is that of academics in Saudi Arabia, which is a large and diverse population, thus necessitating the use of a sampling strategy. In the case of this particular research, a judgemental sampling technique was used to select the best available sample. According to Suri (2011, p. 68), judgemental sampling uses the researcher’s perception of the research question for developing a sample. In this case, the sample case organisation is the Northern Border University in Saudi Arabia, which has been chosen due to its large number of academic staff and its respected position in the Saudi academic community. A total of 10 academics were selected to partake in interviews out of the total population, in order to obtain sufficient breadth of insight and a large volume of data for analysis while not making the sample size too large and cumbersome.
Women data on pregnancy and abortion