Research methodologies 1
We are engaging in research practice alongside the work that we’re making.
We will have a theoretical perspective. (For example I might be considered to be working within the research paradigm of post feminist, post modern thinking)
The research might not ask one single question but might include a number of approaches. It will be important to discern where one’s practice lies. Theoretical, topical, parallels and presidents, formal or strategic.
I would guess that I am leaning towards the strategic question and framework. Why am I here on the course how do I want my practice to develop? Within which context am I working?
Research design will give evidence of the journey or quantify the research we have done... how you did it and why.. tells the story on some level, doesn’t have to be chronological.
Motivation and rationale.
What topics am I connecting with?
What do I not know that is in the way or stopping me doing what I want to do?
Which practitioners will help me?
Planning a manageable focused project.
Most projects start too big! The scale of the project can be measured in
1. number of words (2-3,000)
2. Time available
3. Amount of research required for the topic.
4. Complexity of structure.
The written work is not a percentage of the project but sits alongside the whole module.
How much research time do I have? Get reading now! Blogs are useful research already....
could I present mine as a book, maybe a womb book!
Good idea to work backwards from the deadline.... which is June
Focus: narrow down the question, not taking everything on! What is it I’m investigating? It might be good to block writing time out in the diary! Staying overnight on Tuesdays might facilitate this? Give time at the end to make it all look nice, even if that’s just getting your images at the right resolution.
Appropriate fields of reference:
Types of research will identify appropriate field ie interviewing mothers about birth or how they might view their mothering and the ending of it.
Branch out from this. Use the references in the books or ask the subject librarian. If working from an artist how have they been influenced and within which context are they working? Follow leads. Look widely and broadly while the question is settling. This might bring something new to the question and then the process focuses after this.