The proposed research uses an exploratory and descriptive qualitative approach using a single case study of one research participant.
The Research Questions
The study aims to investigate the following key research questions:
The study will be conducted over a period of several months. While the bulk of the data will be collected during the period of four or five months when the research participant is in India, the preparation for the immersion component of the study will begin a year prior to her arrival in India. Some data will also be collected during the first few months after the end of the immersion period.
The proposed study uses an autobiographical approach to gather key data. It will thus have two key investigators, playing different roles:
Ms. Gabriella Burnel, who will be the research participant and the primary gatherer of subjective data will be responsible for keeping sincere record of all outer and inner changes she experiences during the different stages of the study period, especially during the immersion period. She will also be the key collaborator in analysing the emerging findings and documentation of results.
Qualitative Research Approach
This study uses a single-case study approach. Only one self-volunteering research participant, Ms. Gabriella Burnel will be part of the study.
Some of the primary assumptions guiding the qualitative approach of the project are as follows:
Other key aspects of the qualitative research approach used are as follows:
Documentation of Findings
Several methods of documentation of research findings will be employed:
Research findings will be disseminated via presentations at conferences, seminars, Sanskrit institutions and universities.