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▪ Thus, while each has the same ultimate goal, each chooses a different methodology to achieve it.
▪ First, they adopt different methodologies.
▪ The different agenda and methodology for each process meant that there was little in common between them.
▪ One is the development of new methodology.
▪ Descartes also claimed that the new rationalist methodology would bring human mastery over nature and a new age of human well-being.
▪ Any new methodology will in the meantime be circulated on an as arising basis.
▪ We propose to overcome these limitations through the use of a new methodology for the assessment of connectionist networks.
▪ This new methodology appears fair and reasonable, and easy to calculate.
▪ How far were the rules of scientific methodology infringed?
▪ This is unforgivable in the realm of scientific methodology.
▪ He uses scientific methodology for both processes - forming hypotheses, testing them, and going back to the drawing board.
▪ The final section considers the fine line between the explication of research methodology and confession.
▪ Most students of research methodology and statistics are well-informed of the issues involved.
▪ There has been almost no concern expressed, however, about the implications of automated office systems for future research methodologies.
▪ These modules, which have a strong emphasis on research methodology, may be of particular interest to teacher researchers.
▪ The study also investigates the use of novel research methodology, including the use of identical twins, and new instrumentation.
▪ Workshop on research methodology, bibliography, citations, etc.
▪ The research methodology will include the use of questionnaires to establish the range of pupils' perceptions.
▪ In addition to departmental seminars, there are courses in research methodology and practice and regular meetings with a review board to assess progress.
▪ We have spent a lot of time developing a methodology that could contribute to this process.
▪ They had used exactly the same methodology as that employed to reach the results at Dounreay and Sellafield.
▪ Yet there seems to be a dearth of people arguing consistently using a golden thread methodology.
▪ The expedition used tried and tested methodology and modified it where necessary.
▪ The study uses a methodology which combines elements of traditional legal scholarship with a tentative import of economic analysis.
▪ Similarly, studies using their methodology of cumulative average residuals have shown that earnings announcements are correctly anticipated.
▪ Mushkin attempted this by using the same methodology that Denison used in relation to education and in relation to health for the period 1960-80.
▪ He uses scientific methodology for both processes - forming hypotheses, testing them, and going back to the drawing board.
▪ The centre uses a participatory methodology, where each organisation chooses the appropriate training based on its particular needs.
▪ scientific methodology
▪ But we are now drifting to the next stages of the methodology.
▪ Empirical analysis is thus given an alternative explanatory methodology.
▪ Perhaps the main weakness in the text, which accounts for a number of others, is the methodology employed.
▪ The danger is that the question of methodology can easily be turned to dogma according to any premises.
▪ This is unforgivable in the realm of scientific methodology.
▪ This means that methodologies from one area are not necessarily transferable.
▪ Two kinds of move are ruled out by Lakatos's methodology.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Methodology \Meth`od*ol"o*gy\, n. [Gr. ? method + -logy.] The science of method or arrangement; a treatise on method.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1800, from French méthodologie or directly from Modern Latin methodologia; see method + -ology.


n. 1 The study of methods used in a field. 2 (context proscribed English) A collection of methods, practices, procedures and rules used by those who work in some field. 3 The implementation of such methods etc.

  1. n. the branch of philosophy that analyzes the principles and procedures of inquiry in a particular discipline [syn: methodological analysis]

  2. the system of methods followed in a particular discipline


Methodology is the systematic, theoretical analysis of the methods applied to a field of study. It comprises the theoretical analysis of the body of methods and principles associated with a branch of knowledge. Typically, it encompasses concepts such as philosophical or theoretical frameworks, theoretical model, phases and quantitative or qualitative techniques.

A methodology does not set out to provide solutions - it is, therefore, not the same as a method. Instead, a methodology offers the theoretical underpinning for understanding which method, set of methods, or best practices can be applied to specific case, for example, to calculate a specific result.

It has been defined also as follows:

  1. "the analysis of the principles of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline";
  2. "the systematic study of methods that are, can be, or have been applied within a discipline";
  3. "the study or description of methods".

Usage examples of "methodology".

This is in accordance with the methodology used by Tavistock and Stanford Research: If something is to be promoted which the public has not yet been fully brainwashed to accept, then have someone write an article, covering all sides of the subject matter.

President Wilson, or rather Colonel House, the Creel Commission was created and, as far as can bb ascertained, the Creel Commission was the first organization in the United States to use the RIIA techniques and methodology for polling and mass propaganda.

Tavistock institution in that it is funded by the Ford Foundation, yet it draws its long-range forecasting methodology from the mother of all think tanks.

Al and its information-processing methodology is that of the Nobel Prizewinning Rockefeller University immunologist and theoretician Gerald Edelman.

It is this procedure, which involves turning a reductionist methodology into a reductionist philosophy, that is the manoeuvre so popular among molecular biologists and some geneticists, but, fortunately, is rather rarer among psychologists or neurobiologists.

This was the beginning of the methodology that came to be known as Copy Exactly.

Thanks to our methodology, our yield at the first fab is equivalent to our yield at the new fab.

The surgicochemical methodology here is utterly alien to us--to me, anyhow.

American Journal of Epidemiology was able to show that by using the exact same methodology, smoking saves 277,621 lives each year.

What one finds in their work is always, first of all, a direct sensitivity to the material before them, and then a continual self-examination of their methodology and practice, a constant attempt to keep their work responsive to the material and not to a doctrinal preconception.

He was merely asserting that the results of a deductive or experimental process could be considered accurate only if the assumptions or source material underlying that process were accurate as well, an element of scientific methodology centuries ahead of its time.

If nothing else, it provides remarkable insight into the methodology of contemporary cryptanalysis and supplies some pretty revealing hints as to how they go about things at the NSA.

Prentiss outlined what their research goals and methodology would be for Jennie.

Yet, even with our advances in technology and methodology, even with the incomparably greater manuscript resources at our disposal, our Greek texts of today bear an uncanny resemblance to the Greek text of Westcott and Hort.

My challenge is to examine the previous methodology, weeding out the bad and keeping the good.