Falende Universiteit: Voer voor Methodologen.

P.J.M. Verschuren

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Universities do not come up to a growing demand for practice oriented research and for students trained in this type of activity. Existing methodology mainly is theory oriented. We in large part miss methodology for producing prescriptive knowledge, for a holistic approach and for design oriented research. As to the education of students in research methodology, besides the deficiencies just mentioned, too much attention is given to data analysis and statistics. As a consequence designing research is underexposed. Students should learn to analyse the problem to be solved, translating it into adequate research questions, making a taxonomy of the main concepts and making them operational, reducing the research to a feasible size, and developing a detailed and efficient plan for the generation of the research material. All this is far more complex for a beginning researcher than generally is understood.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)349-370
JournalSociologische gids
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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