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This lists bibliographic citations, by first listed author. The citations themselves are not sorted alphabetically - it's a computer. Either scroll to browse or search.

References

Manen, M. v. (1990). "Hermeneutic Phenomenological Writing". In Researching Lived Experience: human science for an action sensitive pedagogy (pp. 111-133). Ontario: The University of Western Ontario.

Method: Phenomenological Research

Summary: The article outlines the qualities of phenomenology in research through different approaches of narratization. This research approach makes of narratives and anecdotes a way in which to illustrate and exemplify intuitive and empirical knowledge. Like a narrative, phenomenological research has the power to compel, lead to reflection, personally engage, transform and measure interpretation (Manen, M. 1990,p.121). The way in which observing phenomenon can help make things visible by means of the relentless practice of reading and writing as a form of consciousness, as a form of giving meaning and making sense of phenomena, which constitutes the basic structure of the phenomenological approach. The article is central for an understanding of the use of writing as a way of formulating synthesis and expressing the concretization of subjective thought.


Mckee, A. (2001) A beginner’s guide to textual analysis, Metro 127/128

This article explains the basic principles of textual analysis and how it can be applied when researching a variety of media texts. It lists several examples of television shows and other media where textual analysis is used to find out specific data. It also contrasts textual analysis to content analysis and highlights the reasons for these throughout the guide.


Merrigan, G. and Huston, C. "Communication Research Methods" New York : Oxford University Press, 2009., See RMIT Library to obtain a copy.

Summary: This book is an excellent starting point. It gives you an overview of communication theories, gives you theory behind research methods, and even outlines the possible audiences for your academic writing. It then breaks into chapters descibing the "how" of your research. I decided to look into Ethnographic Research. The authors describe this method generaly, as being about "language and social interaction" (p. 233). There is a very thorough description of this method. This book would also be relevant to anyone doing any kind of communication research.

Methods: Ethnographic Research


Minehan, M. The Technique of Television Interviewing]: with Mike Minehan 1986, Visual Materials, North Ryde, N.S.W. : Australian Film and Television School

Methods: Research Interview

Summary: Illustrate important aspects of interviewing using different segments from Australian current affair programs as examples. Dr. Mike Minehan who is a head of communication department at the University of Technology Sydney discusses 7 important aspects of interviewing; 1) accurate questions, 2) listen – react - persist, 3) thorough research, 4) objectivity, 5) hard questions, 6) encouraging questions and 7) the use of silence.


Minter, E., The Ethics of Interviewing, University of Wisconsin - Extension, Program Development & Evaluation, March 2003

Methods: Research Interview

Summary: This text was adapted from a book, Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods, by Patton, M.Q. (1990), discussing important aspects of the ethics of interviewing. The author summarizes five important ethic issues to consider while preparing an interview.


Moustakas, C. (1994). Phenomenological Research Methods London: Sage Publications.

Method: Phenomenological Research

Summary: This book was the central and most original resource in terms of connecting Husserl's concept of phenomenology with research practice. The book outlines all the basic concepts that stance from Husserls' principles in a mad methodology that gives examples of situations, ways in which to conceive subjective thought and comparisons with other methods. Moustakas makes it possible to tackle directly a way in which to validate, justify and give meaning to other kinds of research methods, which do not follow an objective approach. The study makes it possible to unite very theoretical and abstract ideas with feasible methods.


Morgan, D., Focus Groups as Qualitative Research

Summary: Found on Google Books, this reference is an intense look into focus groups and qualitative research. It outlines how the two relate and how they can work together to assist and portray successful research. It is useful and instructive and the author, Morgan deals with a number of practical issues concerning the conduct of focus groups, such as the degree of moderator involvement and group size and provides illustrations to assist with understanding the method. The history of the method is outlined in the book to help give the reader a broadened knowledge of how the method was created and what it can be used for.

Method: Qualitative_research


Murray, J., (2004) "From Game-Story to Cyberdrama", First Person: New Media as Story, Performance and Game, The MIT Press.

Summary: A narratological essay on game studies. Murray proposes how to analyse games as cyberdramas, "emphasizing the enactment of the story in the particular fictional space of the computer." Draws analogies between games and non-interactive media forms.

Method: Game_studies

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