research projects are faced with a common methodological problem: how to
analyse issues across countries, cultures, organisations, regions or systems.
Within these contexts various methods are applied, ranging from traditional
means of comparative investigation to innovative concepts of collaborative
research. As an initial overview, methodological approaches in educational
research across Europe have been compiled in an electronic resource base
(ACROSS Base). This base provides evidence from newly completed projects,
presenting the various methods that have emerged out of partnership work.
In order to stimulate discussion on these methodological issues among European
colleagues a round table is proposed, involving several authors quoted
in the ACROSS Base. The debate will focus on the issue of how various methodological
approaches serve European research collaboration. Which specific methods
in support of partnership research have been tried out or developed? Which
methods originating from comparative research have been taken up? The contributors
will briefly review selected methods and assess their suitability for collaborative
research. The debate is intended to promote fresh thinking on these issues
rather than to arrive at general conclusions.