[Air-L] method / methodology

Marj Kibby Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au
Mon Feb 8 13:52:15 PST 2010

Has the distinction between method and methodology disappeared?

I tell my media students that:
A research method is the tool or tools that we use to make sense of a text/audience/institution - broadly ethnography. or observation and interview eg.
A research methodology is the rationale for the project design; a combination of the philosophical approach, the supporting theory and the research method. 

Is use different in different places, or has 'method' disappeared? If so what do we now call 'methodology'?


Associate Professor Marjorie Kibby 
Discipline Convenor: Film, Media and Cultural Studies
School of Humanities and Social Science
The University of Newcastle  Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au
+61 2 49216604

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