Organising Your Research Project
Methodologies & Critical Analysis
how to the information you have found is...
Need to clearly evidence why you selected the methods of gathering information and why they are most appropriate for your study.
-can help to decide upon the methods you use
-Alternatively the material you find may suggest the appropriate theories
Chose at least one key theory that relates to my material
each theory will have own agenda
How am I going to go about this, what theories and methods will I use to maximise results?
Will the practical side be my methodology?
1.Make decisions about how to collect and order information
2.Choose a relevant theoretical stand point
3. Apply these to your study
4. Explicitly outline this in the introduction. Address suggested failings in the conclusion
-evaluating material based on evidence and research and making a selection on an informed decision
-Reasoned thinking: stepping away and using evidence and logic to come to your conclusions
Awareness of perspectives
Where was the author/ artist/ designer/ situated ?
try to consider different points of view
Where am I coming from?
-how is my choice of topic influenced by my emotions; aspirations; context?
Context is everything!
consider the influence of one or more of the following:
the time, place, society, politics, economics, technology, philosophy, scientfic
-What is the evidence for what you are saying?
-Could you find more evidence to support your conclusions?
-What do I want to say?
-Have I got the evidence to back it up?
-Where else do I need to look in order to find more evidence?
-Pitting alternative theories against the same body of data
Am I expressing myself clearly and logically
A clear logical plan
-keep it simple, refine what you want to say and focus on a few key issue
-Look into your key issues in depth and bring in the maximum evidence in to support your views
-Discuss your issues and the evidence you have found in a clear and logical manner
-Move form the general to the specific
Resolving your Research Project and Academic Conventions
What are you going to address and how are you going to address it?
Academic conventions- structure and standardise, aspire to academic honesty
Demonstrate critical knowledge of practice
apply theory to practice
analyse relevant material
evaluate theory and evidence within the context of study
reflect- critiquing and critically reflecting on your learning and using this to improve practice
Avoid a surface approach!!!
Challenge ideas an unpick them
bring in own ideas and opinions
relate theory and research to own experience and knowledge
structured around logic and thinking
ongoing process of reflection
intelectual engagement- evidence on blog!
show understanding of technical language
have to evidence points from engagement from research
make argument and back it up
concise and direct style of writing
Avoid abbreviations and contractions, slang words and phrases, conversational terms and vague terms
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