Critical analysis-and research methodology

1. ESSAY

With reference to the methodological debate between quantitative and qualitative research strategies

critically evaluate ONE of the following methods of research.
Field experiment.
Laboratory experiment.
Quistionnaire.
Unstructured interviews.
Structured interviews.
Participant observation.

MODULE ASSESSMENT ADVICE

ESSAY
The essay will

Demonstrate ability for critical thinking and to select material to support a particular line of argument and apply this to research problems and knowledge

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between research methodologies and research methods and how they relate to the ontological and epistemological perspectives on knowledge

Display understanding of the debate between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies/ methods

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen method of research

Highlight the ethical and normative debates around research methods

Identify the key concepts used in evaluating research (i.e. validity, reliability)

Develop a reasoned argument that engages with the debate around the quantitative / qualitative debate with reference to methodological pluralism and triangulation in research

MODULE ASSESSMENT ADVICE

ESSAY
The essay will

Demonstrate ability for critical thinking and to select material to support a particular line of argument and apply this to research problems and knowledge

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between research methodologies and research methods and how they relate to the ontological and epistemological perspectives on knowledge

Display understanding of the debate between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies/ methods

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen method of research

Highlight the ethical and normative debates around research methods

Identify the key concepts used in evaluating research (i.e. validity, reliability)

Develop a reasoned argument that engages with the debate around the quantitative / qualitative debate with reference to methodological pluralism and triangulation in research

MODULE ASSESSMENT ADVICE

ESSAY
The essay will

Demonstrate ability for critical thinking and to select material to support a particular line of argument and apply this to research problems and knowledge

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between research methodologies and research methods and how they relate to the ontological and epistemological perspectives on knowledge

Display understanding of the debate between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies/ methods

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen method of research

Highlight the ethical and normative debates around research methods
Identify thekey concepts used in evaluatingresearch (i,e validity,reliability)
Develop a reasoned argument that engages with the debate around the quantitative/quantitative debate with reference to methodological pluralism and triangulation in research

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Suggested Reading

If you are new to studying research I would I strongly suggest you start your reading by looking at the relevant sections in the introductory sociology and psychology textbooks in the library. These cover main ideas, theories and concepts in doing research and do so in an accessible way.

*Bell, J. (2005) Doing Your Research Project (Open University Press).

Bell, Judith & Opie, Clive (2002) Learning from research: getting more from your data. Open University Press

*Bryman, A. (2004) Social Research Methods (Oxford University Press).

Charmaz, Kathy (2006) Constructing Grounded Theory: a Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis. Sage.

Clandinin, D. Jean & Connelly, F. Michael (2000) Narrative Inquiry: Experience and Story in Qualitative Research. Jossey-Bass

Corbin, Juliet & Strauss, Anselm (2008) Basics of Qualitative Research (3rd ed.) Sage.

Davine, F. (1999) Sociological Research Methods in Context (Palgrave/Macmillan)

*Denscombe, M. (2002) Ground Rules for Good Research (open University Press)

*Denscombe, M. (2005) Good Research Guide: For Small Scale Social Research
Projects (Open University Press).

*Dunsmuir,A.& Williams,L (1991) How to do Social Research. Collins

Etherington, Kim (2004) Becoming a Reflexive Researcher: Using Our selves in Research. Jessica Kingsley.

Gibson, William J. & Brown, Andrew (2009) Working with Qualitative Data. Sage

Gomm,R. et al. (2000) Evaluating Research in Health and Social Care. Sage.

Green, S. (2000) Research Methods in Health,Social and Early Years Care. Stanley Thornes

Grix, J. (2004) The Foundations of Research (Palgrave).

Hart, C. (1998) Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research
Imagination (Sage).

Hughes, Christina (2002) Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research Sage

Kuman, R. (2005): A Step -by-Step Guide to Research Methodology Sage

*Mcneil,P & .Chapman S. (2005) Research Methods Routledge

Mauthner, R, Melanie et al (eds.) (2002) Ethics in Qualitative Research Sage

*May, T. (2001) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process (Open University
Press).

Merrill, Barbara & West, Linden (2009) Using Biographical Methods in Social Research. Sage.

Opie, Clive (ed.) (2004) Doing educational research: a guide to first time researchers. Sage

Punch, K.E. (2000) Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative
Approaches. Sage.

*Redman, P.et al. (2005) The Uses of Sociology . Open University Press.

Robson ,C.(2002) Real World Research. Sage

Sapsford,R. & Abbott, P.(1992). Research Methods for Nurses and Caring Professions.Open University Press.

Swetnam, D. (1997) Writing Your Dissertation. Sage.

Walliman, N.R. (2005) Your Research Project: A step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
Sage.

Walsh, M. (2001) Research Made Real, Nelson Thorne.

Yates, S. (2004) Doing Social Science Research. Sage/Open University Press.

Cresswell, J. W. (2003) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Approaches (2nd edition), London, Sage.

Robson, C. (2002) Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-researchers (2nd edition), Oxford, Blackwell.

* indicates more useful and accessible texts

The information contained in this booklet is correct at the time of printing and under certain conditions the programme of study delivered may be subject to alteration.

Critical analysis and research methodology

With reference to the methodological debate between qualitative and quantitative research strategies, critically evaluate ONE of the following: 1.Laboratory experiment 2.Questionnaire 3.Unstructured interviews 4.Field experiment 5.Structured interviews 6.Participant observation.

MODULE ASSESSMENT ADVICE

ESSAY
The essay will

Demonstrate ability for critical thinking and to select material to support a particular line of argument and apply this to research problems and knowledge

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between research methodologies and research methods and how they relate to the ontological and epistemological perspectives on knowledge

Display understanding of the debate between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies/ methods

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen method of research

Highlight the ethical and normative debates around research methods

Identify the key concepts used in evaluating research (i.e. validity, reliability)

Develop a reasoned argument that engages with the debate around the quantitative / qualitative debate with reference to methodological pluralism and triangulation in research