Shifting of the ontological-epistemological balance in contemporary research agendas: a critique.

Deepak Gopinath

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    Abstract

    With greater calls for public involvement, there are now claims of methodological
    shifts to ‘bottom-up’, ‘politically informed’ and ‘boundary-less’ approaches. This is not accurate as there is still predominantly an emphasis on epistemological considerations (for instance, in how knowledge of ‘issues’ being investigated are created and/or discovered)— seen through various community engagement forums and/or transfer of resources to local actors. However, the ontological (concerned with problem definition, ‘what is actually the issue being investigated’, ‘what do I/we think about it’) is not effectively conceptualised and understood in the local space by local actors. Thus, in order for actual shifts to ‘bottom-up’, ‘politically informed’ and ‘boundary less’ approaches to take place, mechanisms to shape the ontology of the research problem must be facilitated in local spaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1873-1882
    Number of pages10
    JournalQuality and Quantity
    Volume49
    Issue number5
    Early online date25 Jul 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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