Finding research topics (PAMA5163)

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First supporting lecture for an MA in Education research project, University of Groningen.

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Finding research topics (PAMA5163)

  1. 1. Starting your research First steps into research process PAMAOK_5163C: Lintmodule (gemengde variant) 19 November 2009 Ernst D. Thoutenhoofd
  2. 2. Make the world strange <ul><li>Distinguish the ‘4P’s: People, Problems, Programmes, Phenomena </li></ul>
  3. 3. Deaf bingo
  4. 4. Hearing bingo
  5. 5. What’s the difference? <ul><li>Deaf people need to see numbers being called. </li></ul><ul><li>Their socio-cultural orientation is ocularcentred . </li></ul>
  6. 6. If it exists, it can be measured. <ul><li>Earl Babbie (1989:105) The practice of social research. </li></ul>
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  8. 8. A deaf school <ul><li>Closed in 2004/5 as result of inclusion . </li></ul><ul><li>However, two pupils remained in the school for a while because no places were at hand in mainstream schools. </li></ul><ul><li>That too is a pretty strange situation. </li></ul><ul><li>What explains it? </li></ul>
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  12. 12. Formulate objectives <ul><li>Identify </li></ul><ul><li>Analyse </li></ul><ul><li>Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Set objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Check them </li></ul>
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  15. 15. Phenomena necessarily exceed our capacity to know them <ul><li>John Law (2004:6) After method. </li></ul>
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  17. 17. Research is vague and indefinite because the world is enacted that way. <ul><li>John Law (2004:15) After method. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Stay motivated
  19. 19. Thank you for your attention John Law (2004) After method: Mess in social science research. Routledge. Colin Robson (2002) Real world research: A resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers. Blackwell .

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