The Reframing of Methodology: Revisiting a PhD Study

Dubberley, Sarah (2014) The Reframing of Methodology: Revisiting a PhD Study. Sociological Research Online, 19 (4). pp. 39-47. ISSN 1360-7804

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The paper draws on a PhD study to explore some methodological dilemmas associated with the execution of qualitative research when framed within positivist study design. The PhD was linked to an externally funded research project which evaluated the implementation of a custody-based intervention in the secure estate. While the PhD was conceived as a qualitative study, informed by interpretivist methodology and associated epistemology, the wider funded study was informed by positivist tradition and used a quantitative method. This led to dilemmas of both practical and methodological nature. The author revisits her study's methodological position to review issues raised by the research design and suggests an alternative proposal informed methodologically by critical realism which may better serve the study's interests. In doing so, the paper suggests how revisiting previous research may assist us in gaining methodological understanding and allow us to reframe our future endeavours to more useful end.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: PhD, Methodology, Qualitative, Post Postivism, Critical Realism
Divisions: Social and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2020 11:45
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 11:45

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