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Four types of research in the humanities: setting the stage for research quality criteria in the humanities


Ochsner, Michael; Hug, Sven E; Daniel, Hans-Dieter (2012). Four types of research in the humanities: setting the stage for research quality criteria in the humanities. Research Evaluation, 22(2):79-92.

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This study presents humanities scholars' conceptions of research and subjective notions of quality in the three disciplines German literature studies, English literature studies, and art history, captured using 21 Repertory Grid interviews. We identified three dimensions that structure the scholars' conceptions of research: quality, time, and success. Further, the results revealed four types of research in the humanities: positively connoted ‘traditional' research (characterized as individual, discipline-oriented, and ground-breaking research), positively connoted ‘modern' research (cooperative, interdisciplinary, and socially relevant), negatively connoted ‘traditional' research (isolated, reproductive, and conservative), and negatively connoted ‘modern' research (career oriented, epigonal, calculated). In addition, 15 quality criteria for research in the three disciplines German literature studies, English literature studies, and art history were derived from the Repertory Grid interviews

Abstract

This study presents humanities scholars' conceptions of research and subjective notions of quality in the three disciplines German literature studies, English literature studies, and art history, captured using 21 Repertory Grid interviews. We identified three dimensions that structure the scholars' conceptions of research: quality, time, and success. Further, the results revealed four types of research in the humanities: positively connoted ‘traditional' research (characterized as individual, discipline-oriented, and ground-breaking research), positively connoted ‘modern' research (cooperative, interdisciplinary, and socially relevant), negatively connoted ‘traditional' research (isolated, reproductive, and conservative), and negatively connoted ‘modern' research (career oriented, epigonal, calculated). In addition, 15 quality criteria for research in the three disciplines German literature studies, English literature studies, and art history were derived from the Repertory Grid interviews

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Social Sciences & Humanities > Library and Information Sciences
Language:English
Date:30 November 2012
Deposited On:19 Nov 2018 17:25
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:51
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0958-2029
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvs039

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