Thursday 12 December 2013

What is Research

The Lecture;
What is Research?
The age of enlightenment
Process of rationality and reason.
Enlightenment= period in 18th century when scientific/philosophical thinking made leaps and bounds.
Reason rather than metaphysics
Belief in a unified scientific method (scientism)

The two cultures and the scientific revolution;
C.P.Snow (1959)

  • Research should always leave to positive knowable definite outcome.
  • Facts with a capital F.
  • Separation of fact from value (value freedom).
  • Objectivity.
  • Measurement rather than argument.
  • The facts speak for themselves.
  • Causation.
  • Separation and control of variables.
Approaches to Research;
  • Empiricism
  • Quantitative Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Subjectivism
Method - a way of proceeding about something in a systematic or logic manner.
Methodology - The science of method, employed in a particular activity.

Some Methodologies;
  • Historical 
  • Sociological
  • Feminism
  • Gender studies
  • Communication theories
  • Marxism
  • Postmodernist
  • Data Collection

The Hermeneutic circle;
  • Developed by Heidegger
  • Interpretations is a process designed to clarify an experience and assign meaning to it.
  • The is aided by the hermeneutic circle which involves looking at different perspectives on events and relating individual components.
Three overlapping levels of interpretation;
  • Behind the text
  • In/Through the text
  • In front of the text
What research do you need to undertake regarding who your creativity is for?

Who is your research for?

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