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2.2  Different approaches

Of course this is not the only way in which approaches to research are changing but now you will think about how a ‘guerrilla research’ approach might work in your setting.

Activity 1  Going guerrilla

Timing: Allow about 30 minutes

Consider an area that you are interested in, either relating to your professional practice, or personal interest. Think about how you could adopt a ‘guerrilla research’ approach to investigating one aspect of it. Make sure it accords to the characteristics set out in the previous extract. It can use open data, invite contributions from others, or perform analysis of other content, but it should not require permission or funding to realise, and should be something you can do largely on your own.

Share your ideas on your blog and look at those of others.

Does being able to conduct this type of research change the nature of what it means to do research? How does it relate to more traditional research approaches? Was it easy to think of such an example?