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Philosophies of Social
Positivist & Interpretivist Approaches
• Literature suggests HEIs face challenges in
teaching Research Methods effectively
• Wagner, Garner & Kawulich (2011) - need for a
• Student dissatisfaction with the teaching of
• Payne and Williamson (2011) - crisis of numeracy
Conceptions of Social
Needs some content to introduce this idea
Is reality objective?
External & independent of individuals?
Is reality subjective?
Constructed by individuals
How do we know what we know?
What is knowledge?
How do we gain it?
How do we communicate it?
Knowledge is subjective
Meaning has action
Relies on interpretation
Social world different to
Can be measured
Natural and social
world are the same
Just turn this bit into a seminar activity
How we know what we know
Illustrative cartoon - might be more effective with more substantial content and activity based on ep
Interpretivists & Social
Need to interpret
meanings given to the
action of suicide
Coroner and clues
Could this sound any less A Level like?