Today’s workshop provides an overview of different research methodologies and introduces the purpose and structure of the methods section of a research paper. By drawing on the learning resources and actively engaging in class discussion and independent and small group exercises, you will address the following questions:
What are three main categories of research methodologies? What are the key characteristics and purpose of the quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches to research?
What are some reasons for choosing one approach over another? How do you determine which approach serves the objectives of your research? What knowledge, skills and resources do you need to use these methodologies? Which of these approaches are you most likely to use and why?
What are the strengths and limitations of each approach?
How are data collected and analyzed in each approach?
What steps must researchers take to ensure rigour and ethical integrity when conducting research? Why are these steps important?
What is the purpose of the methods section of a research paper? Why is it necessary?
What elements must be included in the methods section to serve that purpose?
How long does a methods section need to be to serve that purpose?
Why are transparency, clarity and completeness of the methods section important?
Can you outline an initial draft of a methods section? Can you provide feedback to a peer on their draft?
What have you learned about writing a methods section by evaluating the provided examples?