Jane Stokes, “Think About Theory,” “Choosing the Right Method,” “Rules of Evidence,” “Paradigms of Research,” “Combining Research Methods” & “Phrasing Your Research Question” In How to Do Media and Cultural Studies (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003): 11-24.
Skim “Critical Approaches,” Words In Space [This is an archived lesson from one of my old research methods courses. Read up through “How is This Research?” then skim the rest to get a sense of the variety of approaches.]
Skim “Qualitative Methods,” Words In Space [Same as above. Read the first section, then skim from “Case Studies” through the end to acquaint/remind yourself with the variety of available qualitative methods.]
Carole Gray & Julian Malins, “Crossing the Terrain: Establishing Appropriate Research Methodologies” In Visualizing Research: A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004): 93-128.
Stephen A. R. Scrivener, “The Roles of Art and Design Process and Object In Research” In Nithikul Nimkulrat & Tim O’Riley, Eds., Reflections and Connections: On the Relationship Between Creative Production and Academic Research (Helsinki: University of Art and Design, 2009):69-79.
[SLIDE 3]WHAT MEDIA STUDIES MAKES: FORMS OF SCHOLARSHIP
In our field, media studies, we take a cross-platform, comparative approach to studying various modes of communication. This comparative approach characterizes not only our subjects of study, but also our methods and our means of presenting the outcomes of our work.
[SLIDE 4] Just as, last week, we talked about different platforms and software for taking notes, organizing projects, etc., we also have to think about what technologies can serve us as research tools – as methods – and what can help us present our work in the most effective way possible. That’s in part what multimodal scholarship is about: thinking about how different media might allow you ask new research questions, engage your subject in new ways, and share your in-progress or finished work in ways that “do justice” to your subject and your argument, that give appropriate form to your content.
As your reading for this week suggested, media studies makes scholarship in traditional written forms and in “multimodal” forms. Film, field recordings, databases, etc. can all function as research tools and as platforms for presenting our research-based, theoretically-informed work. Or course there’s still room fo
Occupying the space in between theory & practice & management. Certain skills – research, writing, thinking about the appropriate form for your message/argument – are pertinent to all. So, when we talk about writing or research, we’re not speakin
SLIDE 3]Helping students find fruitful connections between theory and practice, which, especially during the students’ first semester (and sometimes beyond), are separated into distinct classes. This bifurcation occasionally leads to students declaring, based on their experiences in these early classes, their identification as either “theory people,” “management people,” or “production people.” This course is intended to explain and model (through guest presentations) the potential gains of interweaving these various threads of the program. Stated ambitiously, the course is intended to embody the spirit of our program.
[SLIDE 4]You all chose an MA – not an MFA or an MBA – which indicates that you’ve bought into the idea of studying media studies within the tradition of the liberal arts. Some of you might be completely on-board, and you can take off running in this class. Others of you might be open to the idea of what we stand for, but might need a little guidance in seeing how theory and practice can come together. [