Choosing a Methodology: Philosophical Underpinning

Jackson, Elizabeth (2013) Choosing a Methodology: Philosophical Underpinning. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 7 (1). pp. 49-62.

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Abstract

As a university lecturer, I find that a frequent question raised by Masters students concerns the methodology chosen for research and the rationale required in dissertations. This paper unpicks some of the philosophical coherence that can inform choices to be made regarding methodology and a well-thought out rationale that can add to the rigour of a research project. It considers the conceptual framework for research including the ontological and epistemological perspectives that are pertinent in choosing a methodology and subsequently the methods to be used. The discussion is exemplified using a concrete example of a research project in order to contextualise theory within practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Practitioner Research in Higher Education
Publisher: University of Cumbria
ISSN: 1755-1382
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Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Research
Depositing User: Linda Shore
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 09:52
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 13:53
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1466

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