Yesterday I read a research application that contained no research methods at all.
Well, that’s not exactly true.
In an eight-page project description, there were exactly three sentences that described the methods. Let’s say it went something like this:
- There was to be some fieldwork (to unspecified locations),
- Which would be analysed in workshops (for unspecified people), and
- There would be analysis with a machine (for unspecified reasons).
In essence, that was the methods section.
As you might imagine, this led to a difficult (but very productive) discussion with the project leader about what they really planned to do. They knew what they wanted to do, and that conversation teased this out. I thought that I might replicate some of that discussion here, as it might be useful for other people, too.
I’ve noticed that most researchers find it easy to write about the…
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