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....
مرحبا يا رمضان
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