methodology

Within interpretive and critical research there are a wide range of methodologies from which we might choose. I’ve developed these prezis, which are very short introductions to common methodologies, to share with students in my introductory classes. They are necessarily brief, incomplete, and impressionistic. Nonetheless, I hope they provide enough detail to convey key ideas, identify the major thinkers associated with the methodology, sometimes provide illustrative examples, and where to look if you want to learn more.

Methodologies are frameworks that contain core ideas reflecting more fundamental epistemological and ontological groundings, but that also provide guidance on the focus of our inquiry, key concepts, values, and often a hint at methods (although this is a separate matter). I use Michael Crotty’s framework as a heuristic for teaching about these components, but practically speaking I emphasis a less linear and more constitutive relationship among these components.

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