Coinciding with the signposting in your textbook, here you will find a combination of links to selected external sites, downloadable documents featuring case studies and extra examples, as well as author-created group activities.


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Suggested themes for group tasks to talk about your research project.

Group Task 1

  • Introduce yourself to your group
  • Explain your project briefly
  • Discuss your initial ideas about your research design:
    • What do you want to find out?
    • How are you going to find it out?
    • Who are you going to involve?
    • When are you going to do this? How long will it take?
    • What about the practical/ethical/emotional considerations?

Group Task 2

  • How do you understand reality – are there universal laws that can be discovered (ontology)?
  • Ideas about what can be researched and ‘found’ (epistemology).
  • What role do you play in your research? Does who you are make a difference?
  • How important is theory in your research?
  • Are you testing a hypothesis, or starting from a more neutral position, carrying out inductive (bottom-up) research?