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I'm just about to start the methodology section of my dissertation. I'm pretty burnt out at this stage and my university provides little to no example frameworks to assist with writing my dissertation - apart from the brief.

The purpose of my dissertation is on the topic of how technology has impacted the music industry. With this section I want to use questionnaires to establish what mediums people use to listen to music and if people still indulge in piracy - to forecast where the industry is headed.

I want to know which research philosophy would be most fruitful to utilize?

Much thanks :-)
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Hi,

I'm just about to start the methodology section of my dissertation. I'm pretty burnt out at this stage and my university provides little to no example frameworks to assist with writing my dissertation - apart from the brief.

The purpose of my dissertation is on the topic of how technology has impacted the music industry. With this section I want to use questionnaires to establish what mediums people use to listen to music and if people still indulge in piracy - to forecast where the industry is headed.

I want to know which research philosophy would be most fruitful to utilize?

Much thanks :-)
You should be able to get a decent idea of the structure by reading other papers which utilise a similar study design.

Essentially the methodology section is the 'how' section, in terms of how you are answering your question, how you are collecting data, how you will recruit participants, how you will populate the data into tables etc. You should also discuss any specific benefits/limitations of the methods you choose and anything that might affect the generalisability of your results. You need to explain the rationale behind any decisions you have made. This section is arguably the most important as without the right level of detail, it would not be possible for someone to replicate your work.
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Hi, Thanks for reply. I believe there are different research philosophies i need to discuss which one I will be using and why. Can you shed some light on which might be most fruitful to use?
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Hi, Thanks for reply. I believe there are different research philosophies i need to discuss which one I will be using and why. Can you shed some light on which might be most fruitful to use?
Can you clarify what you mean by 'research philosophies'? That could refer to any number of things.
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For example "This research adopts an interpretivist philosophy, which is particularly relevant for marketing

research that focuses on the viewpoint of the people"

Im looking to see which philosophy would be most useful to utilize in conducting research into how people listen to music and what their view on piracy is in order to forecast where the industry is headed?
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For example "This research adopts an interpretivist philosophy, which is particularly relevant for marketing

research that focuses on the viewpoint of the people"

Im looking to see which philosophy would be most useful to utilize in conducting research into how people listen to music and what their view on piracy is in order to forecast where the industry is headed?
Oh okay I see. You need to read up on what each philosophy represents, and then choose the most appropriate one for your project. Here's a good website to explain the difference between positivist and interpretivist: https://revisesociology.com/2015/05/...ism-sociology/

Have you covered the philosophies in one of your modules? If you need to make reference to them, you probably covered them in lectures or your further reading.
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