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  1. Making Sense: Death, Dying, and Mental Health.Dan Warrender & Scott Macpherson - 2018 - In Keith Cooper & J. Cooper (eds.), Palliative care within mental health: ethical practice. Abingdon, UK: CRC Press. pp. 324-337.
    The causation of mental health problems remains burdened with an uncertainty which freely allows a variety of assertions to be made. It is therefore crucial, in this arena of confusion, that some sense be available. This chapter will bring together sociology, spirituality and philosophy, and describe the human need to seek meaning, arguing the crucial role of spirituality in making sense of mental distress. The concepts of death and dying will be explored with a view to introducing spirituality, before arguments (...)
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  2. Problems of Involvement and Detachment: A Critical Approach to Researching Live Event Experiences.Daniel Turner & Elliot Pirie - 2016 - In I. R. Lamond & L. Platt (eds.), Critical Event Studies. London, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 17-35.
    Despite being central to the foundation of a critical leisure studies tradition, due to the sport-focused work of the Leicester School the sociology of Norbert Elias remains a largely ignored perspective in the critical event studies terrain which has emerged from within this field. This chapter will focus upon Elias' contribution to research philosophy, primarily his work on involvement and detachment :226–252, 1956; Elias, What is sociology? London: Hutchinson University Library, 1978). This strand of Elias' work attempts to resolve the (...)
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  3. Positioning Cost Overrun Research in the Philosophical Debate: A Case for Critical Realism.Alolote Amadi & Temitope Omotayo - unknown
    Construction management research, as a form of social research is confronted with the fundamental paradigmic dilemma of determining a core philosophical orientation, to be considered adequate and best suited to enquiry about construction phenomena. The underpinning argument being that, the differences in world views, will yield marked differences in the type of knowledge generated. An empirical profiling of cost overrun research reveals the predominance of mono-method studies based on questionnaire survey methods, correlative analysis and archival data modelling techniques, all of (...)
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  4. Positioning Cost Overrun Research in the Philosophical Debate: A Case for Critical Realism.A. Amadi & Omotayo Temitope - unknown
    Construction management research, as a form of social research is confronted with the fundamental paradigmic dilemma of determining a core philosophical orientation, to be considered adequate and best suited to enquiry about construction phenomena. The underpinning argument being that, the differences in world views, will yield marked differences in the type of knowledge generated. An empirical profiling of cost overrun research reveals the predominance of mono-method studies based on questionnaire survey methods, correlative analysis and archival data modelling techniques, all of (...)
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  5. Compare and Contrast Two Different Ontological Perspectives That Might Apply to Qualitative Research in Psychology Evaluating the Impact on Epistemology and Choice of Data Collection Method in Studying Straight Men Who Sleep with Men.Broadway-Horner Matt - forthcoming - International Journal of Culture and Mental Health.
    When embarking on a piece of research it is important to decide on which ontological basis the researcher stands. Do they see the world in absolute terms thereby having a positivist view or do they believe in observing through the constructions of the mind like the constructionists. Because it is from the ontological position that informs the epistemology, i.e. the empiricist who believes that knowledge can be gained via the senses would therefore take on an experimental methodology. Therefore the epistemological (...)
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  6. Investigation Into the Personal Epistemology of Computer Science Students.McDermott Roger, Pirie Iain, Cajander Asa, Daniels Mats & Laxer Cary - unknown
    In this paper, we investigate the personal epistemology of computing students, that is, their conceptions of knowledge and learning. We review some models of personal epistemological development and describe one of the questionnaire tools that have been used to assess the epistemological beliefs of students studying in other disciplines. We describe an experiment that uses one of these tools, together with exploratory factor analysis, to determine the dimensions of epistemological beliefs of a cohort of computing students and compare the results (...)
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  7. Contemplations on Results From Investigating the Personal Epistemology of Computing Students.McDermott Roger, Pirie Iain, Laxer Cary, Cajander Asa & Daniels Mats - unknown
    'Personal Epistemology' is the analysis of the ways in which an individual perceives what constitutes knowledge, its boundaries, how it is justified, and how it is related to learning. While investigation of metacognitive strategies used by students is now an established research topic within Computer Science and Information Technology education, the study of personal epistemology is relatively undeveloped. This is so despite there being significant epistemological issues associated with learning the subject itself, such as those concerned with the way in (...)
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  8. Traditional and Hybrid Leadership Styles in Rwanda: Examining the Common Leadership Styles, Influencing Factors, and Culture in Post-Genocide Rwanda.Rugerinyange Nshuti - unknown
    For most of Rwanda's post-independence past, the country has been marked by ethnic feuding, mass population movements and long exiles in neighbouring countries, and civil wars that culminated in the genocide in 1994. As this research shows in its review of literature of the history of Rwanda's post-independence period, the civil wars of those with ethnically-differentiated access to power and wealth have had social-, cultural- and economic effects. How has foreign culture - acquired by Rwandaliens - affected indigenous Rwandan culture, (...)
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  9. Improvisation as Experimentation in Everyday Life and Beyond.Anne Douglas & Kathleen Coessens - unknown
    In this chapter we analyse two interrelated projects across the fields of visual art and music, philosophy and anthropology. Calendar Variations is a visual activity initiated by Anne Douglas, visual artist and researcher. A Day in My Life mirrors this activity in music and is developed by Kathleen Coessens, pianist and philosopher. The two projects are research driven and frame questions about the relationship of improvisation to experiential knowledge. First, what might experimentation be in the context of experience of life (...)
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  10. How Images Actually Work: Settling a Longstanding Debate.Hamlyn Jim - unknown
    As a cultural innovation, image-making is perhaps one of our most enduring forms of new media. The many technical developments necessary for the production of convincing images have emerged over the last 40,000 years, yet there is still widespread disagreement about how images actually function. Why, for instance, are animals largely indifferent to images whereas humans are fascinated by them? Several competing theories are in general circulation but it is a matter of considerable debate whether these adequately explain the mechanisms (...)
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  11. Art as a Narrative of Alterity. Part 1: Prolegomenon, Appendices, and Bibliography. Part 2: Books.Brian James Grassom - unknown
    There is a close relationship between art and philosophy. From time to time, philosophy attempts to make art its theme. Invariably it has to acknowledge the very qualities of art that it seeks to explain - art’s elusiveness and its indeterminateness. On the other hand, it is the nature of art to philosophise within itself, about itself, and about the world. In this sense it operates as tacit philosophy. The language of art and the language of philosophy differ in form; (...)
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