Category Archives: Methods

A checklist for documenting knowledge synthesis

How do you write-up the methods section for research synthesizing knowledge from different disciplines and stakeholders to improve understanding about a complex societal or environmental problem? In research on complex real-world problems, the methods section is often incomplete. An agreed … Continue reading

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Research Methods for Education in the Digital Age

What is research in education? And what is it for in a digital age? Reflecting upon these questions, this engaging introduction provides critical discussion about the dilemmas of researching education in the digital age and ways forward for research in … Continue reading

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Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies

Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies is an imaginative foray into rethinking how scholars approach the city and challenging assumptions around urban research. It mirrors recent academic debate seeking to innovate in contemporary university conditions and attempts to make social research … Continue reading

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The Methodology for Inequality

How does the methodology of looking at disparities differ from methods as applied to other research efforts? Most of the econometric methodologies for looking at disparities use the same tools and techniques used in looking at inequality generally. The best … Continue reading

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The Process of Social Research

The Process of Social Research successfully meets two major challenges of teaching social science methods: to make the material interesting and accessible to students, and to provide them with the tools necessary to understand, evaluate, and conduct research. Authors employ … Continue reading

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After Method – Mess in Social Science Research

‘Research Methods’: a compulsory course, which is loved by some but hated by many! This stimulating book is about what went wrong with ‘research methods’. Its controversial argument is radical, even revolutionary. John Law argues that methods don’t just describe … Continue reading

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Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques

Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques presents an understanding of social research practice through appreciation of its foundations and methods. Stretching from the philosophy of science to detailed descriptions of both qualitative and quantitative techniques, it illustrates not only `how’ … Continue reading

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Understanding Social Research

The aim of this book is to introduce novice researchers to the world of social science research. Unlike some of the other ‘worlds’ to which you have become accustomed, the world of science may constitute an unknown and therefore somewhat … Continue reading

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Method and its Culture – An Historical Approach

Imposing an alleged uniform general method upon everybody breeds mediocrity” – Dewey. In the above quote, John Dewey, like others such as his contemporary A.N. Whitehead, worries about imposing an uniform general method––much akin to what educators do in “methods … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein’s Philosophy and Action Research

Davyyd Greenwood explores the nature of academic social sciences, as “primarily internally regulated, university-based, professional activities”, that “privilege ‘theory’ and ‘method’ over all else, though what theory and method mean in this context is quite out of step with the … Continue reading

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