[Air-L] method / methodology

Denise N. Rall denrall at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 8 18:20:34 PST 2010

Thank you Marj!

Yes I have seen the conflation of these two to my dismay, particularly in the field of Education. I have seen papers with sections entitled: Methodology

followed by a detailed description of research methods, sample sizes, etc.

I once defined research inquiry as a practice that:

describes/locates questions
describes/questions the methods used to frame or answer the questions
then question the answers 

I frame that all as the practice of research - and the framework, the methodological assumptions are defined previously to the practice.

Cheers, Denise

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--- On Tue, 9/2/10, Marj Kibby <Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au> wrote:

> From: Marj Kibby <Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au>
> Subject: [Air-L] method / methodology
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Received: Tuesday, 9 February, 2010, 8:52 AM
> 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'?
> Regards,
> Marj
> 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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