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    Methods of research   week 2 tutorial - elric honore 2012 Methods of research week 2 tutorial - elric honore 2012 Presentation Transcript

      • Methods of Research
      • Semester 2 2011/2012
      • MSc in International Business & Emerging Markets
      • MSc in Management
      • Tutorials / Group Discussion Notes
      • Tutor: Elric Honore – [email_address]
    • Week 2: The Research Question
      • Introduction / Housekeeping ~5 mins
      • Q&A, Resource Requests ~5 mins
      • Week 2 / Case Study 2 25 mins
      • Group Feedback / Discussion 15 mins
      • Total 55 mins End of session 1-2-1 QA: ~5 mins
    • Q&A
      • Group / Learning relevant:
        • from previous week (the research process) case studies, reading, lectures, reading
      • Practical / Logistics:
        • assessment, attendance, auditing, timetabling, WebCT links & materials
    • Week 1Resources Requests
      • Academic writing:
        • eWriting (generic) http://www.ewriting.org.uk/
        • Writing Development Centre (see section on Theses & Dissertation ): http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/wdc/learning/
      • ( Research ) Project/Self-Management :
        • http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/1220/Managing-your-research-project.html
      • In a nutshell:
        • Topic/ Discipline / Literature Review
        • Identify Scope
        • Brainstorm (or blue-sky-thinking )
        • Identify emerging themes
        • Formulate the question
        • Evaluate feasibility
          • get to it!
      Week 2: The Research Question
    • Case Study 2: C omplexity theory and Emergent change
        • Why do a critical literature review?
          • How would you do ‘critical analysis’?
        • What does ‘balanced’ mean in this situation?
          • How would you deal with your own ‘researcher bias’?
        • How to be both critical and balanced ?
          • *i.e How to prepare your research question ?
    • Group Feedback / Discussion (because collective intelligence matters)
        • Q: Why do a critical literature review? How would you do ‘critical analysis’?
          • A: ‘sides’ of the argument, verification, contrast, developing focus, increasing credibility, engage with different viewpoints, not just descriptive,
        • Q: What does ‘balanced’ mean in this situation? How would you deal with your own ‘researcher bias’?
            • A: polemic / criticality, over-identification, evaluation, synthesis, map the different positions, the reason vs emotion,
        • Q: How to be both critical and balanced ?*i.e How to prepare your research question ?
          • A: ‘balanced in a critical way’, pro/cons -> evaluation, verification, peer review, avoiding vagueness / know your position,
    • Further useful resources: (for in-depth learning only)
      • Understanding the meta-structure of a literature reviews:
        • Randolph, J.J. (2009) ‘A Guide to Writing the Dissertation Literature Review’ Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, Vol 14, No 13 Page 2.
        • Cooper, H.M. (1988) ‘Organizing Knowledge Synthesis: A Taxonomy of Literature Reviews’. Knowledge in Society , 1, p. 109. Springer Science & Business Media.
      • Next week:
        • Read Case Study 3 ahead
        • Do contribute and question during tutorials
        • WebCT hopefully will be updated, meanwhile: > http://www.slideshare.net/elrichonore
      • Thank you