RE: [xmca] Method/Methodology

From: Carol Macdonald (
Date: Fri Aug 19 2005 - 03:33:41 PDT

I don't have a reference except for Wertsch (1979) ACTIVITY THEORY but
we make a very strong distinction at our university, and regard
methodology as the study of method, or metatheory, and method as the
specific method adopted in a particular study. Margaret Donaldson, who
was my Ph D supervisor two decades ago explained the distinction to me,
and so I wrote about method in my little studies I did then.

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Subject: RE: [xmca] Method/Methodology

although the chapter below is not particular to cultural historical
Harding presents a very clear distinction between method and
making a strong case for attending to methodology in terms of
philosophies of knowledge, knowers, and knowing; and theory to
research paradigms, rather than simply to methods that are

        Harding, S. (1987). Introduction: Is there a feminist method? In
Harding (Ed.), Feminism and methodology: Social science issues (pp.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Nancy Ares
Assistant Professor
Teaching & Curriculum
The Warner Graduate School of Education
    and Human Development
University of Rochester
P.O. Box 270425
Rochester, NY 14627
fax 585-473-7598

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> From: Wolff-Michael Roth
> Reply To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 1:23 PM
> To:; eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Cc: Franz Breuer
> Subject: Re: [xmca] Method/Methodology
> Is there anyone from Germany on this list? I know German scholar love
> to use expressions like "methodisch-methodologisch". I will copy this
> message to a friend in Germany, Franz Breuer, a qualitatively working
> psychologist and co-editor of the online journal FQS: FORUM
> In my book on research method that is going to be published this or
> next week, I point out that methodology is something like the science
> of method, as distinct to the particular method you use in enacting a
> project. More so, I think it is important to practice method for
> graduate students rather than merely to read methodologies, treatises
> that conceptualize different ways of doing research. . .
> I think there is a greater penchant in Germany, for example, to do
> methodological work, as you can find it in Stegmüller (1974), who
> distinguishes different ways of conducting historical research, etc.
> Stegmüller, W. (1974). Probleme und Resultate der Wissenschaftstheorie

> und Analytischen Philosophie, Band I: Wissenschaftliche Erklärung und
> Begründung[Problems and results of a theory of science and analytical
> philosophy, volume 1: Scientific explication and explanation]. Berlin:

> Springer-Verlag.
> Perhaps we can get Franz to assist us on this list?
> Cheers,
> Michael
> On 17-Aug-05, at 10:16 AM, Mike Cole wrote:
> > A visiting colleague has rasied the issue of the distinction between

> > method
> > and methodology in a cultural-historical
> > perspective. I do not know offhand of any good written discussions
> > this
> > distinction although I think it is important.
> > Can anyone help?
> > mike
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