Wednesday, 6 November 2013

COP 3 - Lecture 3

Lecture 3

Methodologies & Critical Analysis

Methods 

How the information you have found is 
- Sourced
- Collected 
- Collated 
- Presented 

Refer back to previous lectures that have emphasised the importance of evidence.

Clearly thinking about where you get your information from, how your going to go about it, and what angle your going to take on it. 

You need to show that your are in control of your project. 

Methodology - A systematic way of sifting through information to get to the point. 

Methodology - Underling principles and systems to approach research. 

Theories - These can hep you decide upon the methods you use alternatively the material you find may suggest the appropriate. Theory is one element of a methodology.

Important - Choose the theories and method most appropriate to your subject 

1. Methods - Make decisions about how to collect your information 
2. Theories - Choose a relevant theoretical stand point 
3. Application - Apply these to your study 
4. Outcome - Explicitly outline this in the introduction, address suggested failings in the conclusion

Critical analysis 

Being critical:
'To separate' or 'To choose' 
Skepticism 
Seasonal thinking 
'Stepping away' and using evidence and logic to your conclusions 
*Your opinion needs to be arrived at after a formed body of research of evidence and logic. 

Perspectives:
Where was the author/ artist/ designer/ photographer situated?
- Being critical is about interrogating the sources your using.
- The meaning and bias is not jet located in the thing itself.

Where am I coming from:
- How is my choice of topic influenced by my emotions, aspirations, context. 

Context is everything: 
- Consider the influence of one or more of the following: the time, place, society, politics, economics, technology, philosophy, scientific thought. 

Evidence: 
What is the evidence for what you are saying?
Could you find more evidence to support your decisions?
Find more that one source to support your conclusions?

Evidence 
Reason
Logic
Argument 
Triangulation 

Triangulation - Evidence that you have looked at more than one source and that you have the ability to 'marry' your sources together. 

Critical analysis of a text step by step 

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Ninth edition 
A short guide to writing about art 
Sylvan barnet

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