The Field of  Study and Methodology                                        Page :28

 
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Interview Schedule (Schedule IV)
       

The Interview Schedule was prepared with simple questions, keeping in view the main objective of the present study. The direct questions in the form of table were included in the Schedule. The special attention was paid to ensure accuracy, proper communication and appropriate response from the respondents. The Interview Schedule included questions on household data also. The Schedule was divided into five broad divisions. The personal background, family background, acculturation, communication and development were the broad divisions in the Schedule. Altogether 64 questions were included in the Schedule. The questions were selected  carefully with an eye on the needs of the study. The main intention behind the use of Interview and Household Schedules was to collect essential data on the respondents and their households with special emphasis on the age, sex, educational qualification, income, nature of family, size of family. Secondly, the questions related to acculturation in religion, food habit, language, house pattern, dress and household utensils were also included in these schedules .The questions on communications and development were prepared to collect data on mass communication, occupations, improved agricultural tools, medical aids, education for the children of the respondents and opinion in connection with the development of their community.
          The Interview of Schedule was tested on a sample of Mishing students within the University campus. In the light of the experiences of the pre-testing, the necessary modifications were made in the Schedule and it was found suitable after the pilot study and modification for field study. The Schedule was translated from English into Assamese. Then it was given to the press for printing.
Establishment of Rapport
          The respondents showed enthusiasm in the study and helped the investigator in all possible manner. It was not difficult to establish rapport with the respondents because the investigator belongs to the same community and speaks their dialect. Keeping in view of the probable complexities, the respondents were allowed to use narrative form, least interrupted by the investigator.
        During the course of discussions and preparation of the case study, the respondents were given every freedom to narrate incidents and their feelings. The field work was conducted during the summer. It was a matter of pleasure that in spite of so much busy time in cultivation during day-time, the respondents eagerly participated in discussion at night. It was found that the respondents were proud of being the Mishings and they were much conscious about their identity.

Field Experience
  
       During the course of the field work, a lot of problems were faced by the investigator. The most serious problem was the inadequacy of roads and drains within the village. The whole Mohmora village was flooded due to heavy rains and it was very difficult to move from one house to another at the time of field work. It was difficult even to contact the respondents outside their houses as they did not like to get down from chud ghar (house on pile). The same was the case in the village Duhutimukh and village Barpamua also.
          The Mishings still believe in superstitions. This impression was strengthened when the field work was going on in Barpamua village. A fisheries was poisoned by someone nearby that village, due to which the fishes died.


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