Category Archives: Research methods

A better measure of research from the global south

… describe a new tool for judging the value and validity of science that attempts to improve lives. The limitations of dominant research-evaluation approaches are well known1–5. Peer review is by definition an opinion. Ways of measuring citations — both scholarly … Continue reading

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Linking learning and research through transdisciplinary competences

What are the objectives of transdisciplinary learning? What are the key competences and how do they relate to both educational goals and transdisciplinary research goals? At Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab), our group answered these questions by observing and reflecting upon the … Continue reading

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The University campus as a transdisciplinary living laboratory

How can transdisciplinary educators help students reflexively understand their position in the field of research? Often this means giving students the opportunity to go beyond being observers of social reality to experience themselves as potential agents of change. To enable … Continue reading

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Demonstrating criticality in the Doctoral literature review

We have written many posts on reviewing literature—you will find more by using our blog’s search engine. The topic deserves our turning back to it from time to time because the task is challenging. The beginning of the process requires … Continue reading

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Developing research questions

All research is informed by a question, though how this question is phrased and presented (if at all) no doubt depends on the discipline one is located within. Research questions can guide empirical studies, of course, but they can also … Continue reading

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Designing Research in Education: Concepts and Methodologies

This is a clear introduction to the methodological and philosophical debates in the field of education research. It sets out the key ideas, questions, and dilemmas which inform all research and then, through the careful use of case studies and … Continue reading

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A Qualitative Framework for Collecting and Analyzing Data in Focus Group Research

Despite the abundance of published material on conducting focus groups, scant specific information exists on how to analyze focus group data in social science research. Thus, the authors provide a new qualitative framework for collecting and analyzing focus group data. … Continue reading

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Young People’s Constructions of Self: Use and Analysis of Photo Methods

The article examines the use of photo-elicitation methods in an ESRC-funded study of young consumers. Participants were asked to take photographs of consumer items that were significant to them. These were subsequently used in recorded interviews as a trigger to elicit the discussion … Continue reading

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Di­gital ana­lysis de­ciphers how the an­cients thought

Together with her research group, Saana Svärd wants to find out what people living in the ancient Near East were thinking. They are turning to methods from the digital humanities for help. Saana Svärd’s research team is facing quite the challenge. … Continue reading

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The Perks and Perils of Interdisciplinary Research

In order to get beyond the rhetoric of interdisciplinarity, Erin Leahey has designed a series of research projects that address the actual impact of interdisciplinary work on scholars and institutions. In this essay, Leahey discusses how interdisciplinary research affects academic … Continue reading

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