Pragmatic research methodology in education: possibilities and pitfalls

Clarke, E. and Visser, J. (2018) Pragmatic research methodology in education: possibilities and pitfalls. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 42 (5). pp. 455-469. ISSN 1743-727X

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This paper considers the challenges experienced by a doctoral student engaging in qualitative research. It examines the difficulties experienced in selecting an appropriate approach from the traditional methodologies to answer the research question. A pragmatic methodology which provides the researcher with the opportunity to utilise a range of strategies to answer the research question will be discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of the freedoms afforded in methodological thinking, rather than following prescribed strategies and procedures are considered. How a pragmatic perspective informed the researcher’s understanding of the impact of selecting a methodology has on shaping the research and its outcomes concludes the paper.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor and Francis. This is an author-produced version of a paper subsequently published in the International Journal of Research & Method in Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Pragmatic, pragmatism, methodology, educational research
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Emma Clarke
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 07:11
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 16:36

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