The Difficulty Of Producing One Definition Of Methodology

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Clough and Nutbrown (2007, p.32) discuss the difficulty of producing one definition of methodology, as every researcher will “offer slightly differing definitions according to their own training, discipline and purposes.” However, Burton, Brundrett and Jones (2014, p.6) provide a basic overview, stating that methodology “focuses upon the identification of sources of evidence and how such evidence might be gathered”.

My research project will have a case study research design, which will lead to me gaining qualitative data. Qualitative data, along with the case study design, ties in with my aims the most as I am seeking to understand, in ample detail, what attitudes to learning are prevalent in Key Stage One, and also how those attitudes affect academic development. Some limitations of a case study approach, as discussed by Bell (2010, pp.8-10), is the difficulty of cross-checking and generalising information. However, as Bell continues to debate, case studies are most appropriate for researching an issue in-depth.

My project will be set in a Primary School, located in the West Midlands. I selected this setting as I have a valuable, professional network there, which has equipped me with a few factors that will help promote the success of my data collection. Firstly, knowing the majority of the staff that I wish to interview will, hopefully, mean that will be willing to give me more of their time and effort. In addition, being known as a trustworthy and hard-working…
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