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The role of philosophical context in the development of research methodology and theory

Pathirage, CP, Amaratunga, RDG and Haigh, RP 2008, 'The role of philosophical context in the development of research methodology and theory' , The Built and Human Environment Review, 1 (1) , pp. 1-10.

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The research strategy dictates the major direction of the research and constitutes one of the important decisions made by the researcher. However, researchers’ understanding on theory at the outset of the research guides the design of the research. The paper presents an overview of the involvement of theory within different research philosophies, approaches and methods. The relationship between data and theory is an issue that has been long debated. Moving from data to theory is commonly discussed in social constructionism with inductive approach and ideographic methods. However, within positivism philosophy with deductive approach and nomothetic methods, moving from theory to data is common. However, the growing concept of philosophical pluralism and methodological pluralism challenges the polarised views on philosophies and approaches, which suggests that methodologies are best used in complementary way. Keywords – Research Philosophy, Research Methods, Induction, Deduction, Theory, Pluralism

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: The Built and Human Environment Review
Publisher: University of Salford
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1759-0574
Depositing User: CI Malalgoda
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2010 10:45
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:59

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