Knowledge claim refer to the starting point for researcher a project or study with certain assumptions how will they explore and what they will explore during the inquiry.
This term- knowledge claim also known as paradigm(Lincoln & Guba,2000; Mertens,1998); philosophically assumptions,epistemologies and ontologies(Crotty,1998); otherwise broadly conceived research methodolgies(Neuman,2000)
We all bring (often implicit?) assumptions and path dependencies to our research....
What knowledge is/What is knowledge – ontology
How we know it – epistemology
What values go into it – axiology
How we write about it – rhetoric
The process of studying it – methodology
Four schools of thought about knowledge claim(Creswell,1994):
1-Postpositivisim; Determination, Reduction, Empirical observation and measurement, Theory verification
2-Constructivism; Understanding, Multiple participant meanings, Social and historical construction, Theory generation
3-Advocacy/Participatory; Political, Empowerment issue-oriented, Collaborative, Change-oriented
4-Pragmatism; Consequences of actions, Problem-centered, Pluralistic, Real-world practice oriented
Dimensions of research philosophy: Bringing it all together! (Sexton, 2002)
source: Part of Powerpoint presentation about “How to succeed in doing a PhD: personal experiences”-A PhD is a journey of discovery & fun >>>>>>> for SPARC 2008 by Professor Ghassan Aouad; University of Salford
note: This is my big task and I have to explain to my dear sv for our next meeting what research paradigm that I have to choose for my research and then can proceed with my research instrumen and so on and my interim expected on May 2009; it means at least on early April I've to submit the report....Ya Allah please increase easiness of my phd path..amin..ya rabbal alamin....
Later on..more about research paradigm for future entry....