Understanding research methodology

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Judith, Kate. 2012. "Understanding research methodology." Bender, Helena (ed.) Reshaping environments: an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability in a complex world. Cambridge, United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press. pp. 242-255
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Understanding research methodology

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ERA Publisher ID1418
Book TitleReshaping environments: an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability in a complex world
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AuthorJudith, Kate
EditorsBender, Helena
Page Range242-255
Number of Pages13
Year2012
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom
ISBN9781107688667
Web Address (URL)http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107688667&ss=toc
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.

Keywordsmethodology
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
500308. Logic
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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Ch 11. © Cambridge University Press 2012.

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Melbourne
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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