Understanding research methodology

Judith, Kate (2012) Understanding research methodology. In: Reshaping environments: an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability in a complex world. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 242-255. ISBN 978-1-107-68866-7

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to equip students with the tools required to understand, analyse and evaluate research. Academic study benefits from this deeper critical analysis, but critical analysis tools are seldom specifically taught. The chapter introduces the activity of research, both in general, and in its academic context. It explains the concept of research methodology, and outlines the relationship between method and methodology. The logical structures that underlie research methodologies, and the main ways that these logics can go wrong are explored. Then, a range of assumptions and values implicit in the choice and practice of a range of research methodologies are unpacked and presented. Along the way, a number of examples of research will be analysed, to demonstrate the analytical skills that are the focus of this chapter.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Ch 11. © Cambridge University Press 2012. Print copy held in the USQ Library at call no. 304.2 Res.
Depositing User: Ms Kate Judith
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 03:16
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: methodology
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220308 Logic
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21404

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