Hello list members
I trained in anthropological linguistics and then did my doctorate in
Education - institutional ethnography. Having returned to qualitative
research, anthropology and ethnography and talking/advising recently
with student researchers and some design educator peers trying to do
PhDs with social science leanings it's apparent that designers may not
have seen the emergence of pragmatism (yes I do also mean Richard Rorty)
and critical rationalism (Popper is usually mentioned at this point) in
social science (and health and education) which fits admirably some of
the work designers appear to be trying to do with products organisations
and other mundane and esoteric objects. What this says is effectively
lets use qualitative and quantitative methods (yes- I know this is a
passe dichotomy but bear with me) where appropriate to answer the
question, whatever that is. Read these people
SILVERMAN, D. (2001) Interpreting qualitative data : methods for
analysing talk, text, and interaction, London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif.,
SEALE, C. (2007) Qualitative research practice, London, SAGE.
SEALE, C. (2004) Researching society and culture, London, SAGE.
(see my review at Discourse & Society
BRYMAN, A. (2006) Mixed methods, London, SAGE.
CRESWELL, J. W. & PLANO CLARK, V. L. (2007) Designing and conducting
mixed methods research, Thousand Oaks, Calif., SAGE.
PUNCH, K. F. (1998) Introduction to social research : quantitative and
qualitative approaches, London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif., SAGE
ATKINSON, P. (2001) Handbook of ethnography, London ; Thousand Oaks,
Hope its practical. Gavin Melles.
Swinburne University of Technology
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