One page Summary of My Research Proposal
A text based examination of Introductory level Physics lab handouts using the methods of grounded Research.
What can Physics Lab handouts tell us?
Objective and Positivist for the physics, Subjective and constructivist for every thin else. I view lab handouts as being a social construction based in the culture of science.
It is my belief that there exists a finite set of theories, explanations, interpretations and data which can emerge from an appropriate examination of these texts.
Intensive text based examination of a wide corpus of texts will be followed by a more detailed cyclical coding exercise within the traditions of grounded research on a smaller subset of this corpus.
This will be supported by a trangulation motivated examination of additional documentary material together with a very small number of interviews to confirm the results.
Phase 1 to will run until August, Phase 2will run until till October. Triangulation and interviews should be complete by the end December. Write up of the results will continue until done.
A journal paper in narrative form.
In the initial phase texts will be harvested from the internet. For the second phase only those texts for which written permission for use has been secured will be included. The ethical model is as implied by the phrases “for the greatest Good” and “Do unto others”.