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TFD 627 METHODS OF PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH
TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT
As an individual or in a group, maximum of three persons, choose one of the topics
below and write a documented term paper. Once you have selected a topic, you must
notify the tutor so as to be allowed to proceed. No two individuals (or
groups) may be allowed to write on the same topic.
1. Definition, Nature, Scope and Principles of Philosophical research
2. What are research methodologies; by using examples distinguish between philosophical
and scientific research methodologies;
3. Discuss the steps and elements of a complete educational philosophical research process
4. By using examples for each variety, if any, discuss the applications of various varieties
of any one of the following philosophical research methodologies: Descriptive method;
Prescriptive method; Analytic method; Transcendental or Critical method;
Phenomenological method; Reflective Method; Speculative method; Dialectical Method;
Pragmatic method; Logico-mathematical method.
5. Write a complete research proposal in the area of Philosophy of Education which will
use one or several of the following methods: Prescriptive method; Analytic method;
Transcendental or Critical method; Phenomenological method; Reflective Method;
Speculative method; Dialectical Method; Pragmatic method; Logico-mathematical
6. For each branch of philosophy (Logic, Epistemology, Axiology and Metaphysics),
identify a topic and discuss how relevant any one philosophical method will be dominant
in the particular case to solve the corresponding research problem.
For purposes of demonstrating competence in this unit and gaining confidence in this course,
each student is expected to study all the topics even if not for term paper purposes.
While neither two students nor two groups may work on the same topic separately, groups of at
most three may work on the same topic and make a presentation and submit the term paper. In
both cases, approval must be sought from the tutor so as to be allowed to address a particular
topic. The presentation will earn an individual or each member of the group 15 out of 30 of the
course work marks and the final paper will also earn 15 out of 30 marks. Any student belonging
to a group and fails to either work with the group or does not write term paper alone shall score
zero out of 30.
A product of research work, each student or group will write a properly documented term paper.
The paper must demonstrate postgraduate level commitment and understanding and will be
marked out of 15 marks; presentation will also earn 15 marks.
You are advised to use electronic libraries in the Internet to get up-to-date and authentic
information for your references. The recommended referencing system is APA for all term
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After presentation of your work, you must submit your work by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week (7 days) before the date of end semester
N: B Submission after deadline with attract a penalty as specified elsewhere in this document
Strictly following instructions 1 marks
Appropriate phrasing of the topic 1 marks
Relevant and proper introduction 1marks
Appropriate themes, relevant content, and readability 6 marks
Appropriate in-text referencing& Reference listing 2 marks
Appropriate Conclusion 2 marks
Adequate references 2 marks
One instance of Plagiarism from any source, be it Internet or otherwise
(a string of more than five words in any ONE instant (one sentence)
in the term paper) Negative one (-1)marks
There shall be a penalty of -2 marks per day for submission AFTER deadline for a maximum
of five days. Any candidate who submits late should note the date of submission for purposes
of understanding how the penalty works.
TFD 627 METHODS OF PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT
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