Category Archives: Language

Online Autism: a search for identity?

In a recent small-scale study for my Masters of Research, I looked at the discussions within an online discussion forum for autism related issues. I won’t reproduce the data here (ethical reasons) but I gained some interesting and unexpected insights. Whether the … Continue reading

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The challenge of developing bespoke methodologies from theoretical origins

So in a recent essay I tried to ‘hand-pick’ methodological principles and processes from existing methodologies such as discourse analysis, conversation analysis, foucauldian discourse and grounded theory. The results were more a useful exploration than successful! My main concern at … Continue reading

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A short long essay on the subject of ‘aporia’ in research…

This long post is an extension of an essay (3500 words) on the subject of ‘aporia’ in research – what it has meant and the ideas it has represented. The essay was written in Feb 2014 during study for the MRes in … Continue reading

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Methodological Challenges in the Politics of Research

The following are ideas stimulated and discussed during an MRes seminar on the 28/11/13 conducted by Geoff Bright & John Schostak at MMU in Didsbury. How are ethical considerations (for the researcher and the researched) impacting on the quality and content of … Continue reading

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Simple, innit?

So a quick thought: going forward I am realising that I have a lot of ideas and perspectives familiar to philosophy; rather than imposing philosophical ideas on my existing views, I am finding that I am discovering the academic language … Continue reading

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Un-knowing to Learn

Through my teacher training study I came into contact with Vygotsky who placed a significant importance on language as something that shapes the world of the developing mind. But is language really the strongest, most appropriate tool with which to … Continue reading

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