What is research? What is your research and very importantly.....
How is it distinguished from other pursuits and questioning processes such as campaigns, publicity, marketing or opinion?
By the very nature of this module your research is a form of "action
enquiry". It is a single or series of 'actions' undertaken by you that
will form a solid piece of research data. By that we mean that it is (a) practitioner based an (b) evaluative for
However, the precise form of 'enquiry" needs to be outlined and justified.
Methodology describes the overarching way of creating a form of knowledge which we might trust. The main methodological groups are :
(These are not exhaustive and types may overlap) please explore these yourself using either google or prescribed text
- naturalistic, illuminative or qualitative
- action research
- evaluation as research
A discussion of methodology is not the same as the outline of the procedures (sometimes called methods) that you use to collect data. Rather, it deals with issues such as:
- The kind of knowledge that will be created and its purpose
- The methodology that best fits the context and scale of your research
- The control you have over variables in this research
- The extent you can generalise knowledge gained from this research to other cases.
- The tests you will use for truthfulness, reliability and validity.
involvement and relationships between researcher and subject(s)
- The treatment of socially constructed ideas in your research
Your account should explain both the methodology (about 1000 words) and procedures (or methods) (another 1000 words) .
In these sections you should show the following MA level descriptors.
- a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship;
a practical understanding
of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create
interpret knowledge in the discipline
- evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them
You need to show you understand the research process and are self-critical and critical of it.
Materials to support you are in the research folder here - Research Materials. Indeed, the materials here contain the headings and some of the text to build your own specific account. Supplement this with your own references.
What we want you to discuss and consider
What are the characteristics of (your) research methodology and how does it affect your analysis?
Share and discuss here - remember you can upload work into your own area within PLone and then come back to the discussion/conversation below and paste in the URL of your uploaded file you wish to share with your peers