September 05, 2019
For the third time this was a webinar run twice, once on our usual Saturday 12.00 UK time, and repeating it again one and a half week later at a Wednesday at the same time. The two webinars saw a good mix of regulars and newcomers, and there was some good and lively discussion around Research Methods and Methodologies. The webinar provided an overview on how to identify, justify and apply research methods. Areas explored focused on where students struggle, and the reasons why such struggle exist.
The point here is that students want to select a method before they know the research problem, existing studies of relevance, and the wider literature in the field. Contrary to this however, the research methods typically should be derived from such existing studies of relevance. And building on something that is still unknown is obviously tricky.
Though it is manageable, and as some students explained, they worked out their research methods rather gradually as their research progressed. This then lead to the application of different methods, or applying the same method differently over time, as their research progresses. Such a gradual approach then also has the advantage to build on initial research findings and consider these for the further shaping of the research undertakings, as well as allowing for a more focused further consultation of the literature. In this regards the webinar then also looked at using mirroring techniques so to support such a gradual approach and so to assure that all ends are addressed and inform each other.
Following is a sample of the slides from the webinar. The full slide set is available here.
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