Choose Your Methodology

Choose Your Methodology

Little Quick Fix

Charlotte Jane Whiffin


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Establishing methodological justification is a key precursor to undertaking research, whether you apply qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. This new Little Quick Fix answers vital questions to put students onto the right track, such as:

·        What is methodology and what does it mean?
·        How does methodology differ from method?

·        What methodologies can you choose from?

·        When should you use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodology?

·        How can you use methodology to inform decisions about method?

Working through the subject within an hour′s read, this Little Quick Fix helps students to avoid diving into research before they′ve cleared up uncertainty and confusion, so that they can truly progress into the next step of their research project or dissertation.


Charlotte Jane Whiffin:

Dr Charlotte Whiffin, is a registered adult nurse, a senior lecturer at the University of Derby and a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge. Charlie has taught research methods for over ten years to under-graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students of health and social care programmes. Methodologically Charlie is an experienced qualitive researcher and has used narrative and thematic approaches on data collected through interviews and focus groups. Charlie has also led a complex meta-synthesis of published qualitative research. Charlie has a special interest in the effects of head injury on the family and was successfully awarded a PhD in 2012 entitled ‘A study of family transition in the first year post-head injury: perspectives of the non-injured members’ by the University of Southampton.