Methodology: Collecting Data

Ryan, Anne B. (2006) Methodology: Collecting Data. In: Researching and Writing your thesis: a guide for postgraduate students. MACE: Maynooth Adult and Community Education, pp. 70-89.

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Methodology refers to a 'perspective' of broad theoretically informed approach to research, which stems from the researcher's epistemological stance or philosophical/political position. Methodology is how researchers make their epistemology and theoretical stance work for them in their research. You might, for example, decide that any research you do should be as participatory as possible . You might decide to do action research with a group, whereby the group does research on a problem that it identifies, and in the process, tries to come up with a solution to the problem. By its nature, such a methodology is also participative.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Thesis; Writing; Researching; Research; Postpositivism; Positivism; Methodology; Method; Reflexivity; Implications of postpositivism for researcher; Learning Stance; Discourse; Productivity discourse; Literature review function; Literature review process; Checklist of guiding questions for a literature review; Plagiarism; Evaluating literature; Using concepts; Methodology: collecting data; Methodology: analysing data; Theoretical sampling; Sampling strategies; Models of data collection; Writing up findings; Guiding questions for writing; Discussion-oriented writing; Advanced analysis; The nature of evidence; The purpose of analysis; Shared understanding model of data collection; Information-extraction model of data collection; Getting to why and how; Collecting good quality data;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
Item ID: 872
Depositing User: Anne B. Ryan
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2008
Journal or Publication Title: Researching and Writing your thesis: a guide for postgraduate students
Publisher: MACE: Maynooth Adult and Community Education
Refereed: Yes

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