The job of a methods chapter is:
- To summarise, explain and recount how you answered your research questions and to explain how this relates to the methods used by other scholars in similar contexts and similar studies.
- To discuss – in detail – the techniques you used to collect the data used to answer your research questions.
- To discuss why the techniques are relevant to the study’s aims and objectives
- To explain how you used them.
Your reader should be able to answer the following questions when they’re done reading it:
- What did you did do to achieve the research aims?
- Why did you choose this particular approach over others?
- How does it relate to your epistemological and ontological positions?
- What tools did you use to collect data and why? What are the implications?
- When did you collect data, and from whom?
- What tools have you used to analyze the data and why? What are the implications? Are there ethical considerations to take into account?
This is not a normal blog subscription
Each day we send a short, thought-provoking email that will make you think differently about what it means to be a PhD student. It is designed to be read in thirty seconds and thought about all day.