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The Wholistic, Organic Researcher: Central Issues in Clinical Research Methodology

Canter, David V. (1996) The Wholistic, Organic Researcher: Central Issues in Clinical Research Methodology. In: Psychology in Action. Dartmouth Benchmark Series . Dartmouth Publishing Company, Hantshire, UK, pp. 23-38. ISBN 1855213656

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A challenging look at research methodology is necessary because of the confusion
of terminology that has come about by the accretion over the last century of
research methods and the vocabulary for describing them.
Probably the most ambiguous term of all is the term 'methods' itself. Many
different meanings of this word can be found within the literature. Indeed, one text
book that has a title 'Research Methods in Psychology' may be totally different in
its coverage from another book. The term 'methods' can be used to describe
statistical manipulations. By contrast it can be seen as an exploration of the issues
of research planning and design. Yet another usage is to describe the instruments
that are utilised to collect the actual data that is at the heart of the study. There are
yet other usages that put the term 'method' into a more ideological framework by
contrasting phenomenological methods, for example, with positivist ones. Many
other different usages can be found in the literature, but even these few serve to
illustrate that there is no clear framework as to what really is the appropriate focus
to any discussion of research procedures.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 10:03
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015 01:48


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