Engagement with research: Acknowledging uncertainty in methodology

D. Mercieca, D. P. Mercieca

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    Method creates relationships in research. It positions everyone and everything in the research process. When method is based on a misrepresentation of science, the relationships formed are technical, closed and self-referential. Using a Deleuze–Guattari framework we are concerned that scientific method in qualitative research solidifies, crystallizes and archaeologizes the research. This paper questions what is being ruled out and deemed as unimportant, or indeed contaminating and fallacious in such research. We argue for the acknowledgement of uncertainty as this allows for more engagement with the research and researched. Deleuze and Guattari argue for multiplicity, connectivity and becoming. This paper calls for acknowledging and mentoring uncertainty at every stage of the teaching and learning of method.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228-240
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Research & Method in Education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Uncertainty
    • Engagement
    • Research
    • Methodology
    • Deleuze-Guattari
    • Relationship


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