New PDF release: Beginning Qualitative Research: A Philosophical and

By Pamela Maykut, Richard Morehouse

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The authors have concentrated this ebook at the severe, starting, qualitative researcher - theoretically rigorous, but with an comprehensible perspective.; The ebook has 3 major positive aspects. First, it offers a robust theoretical base for the knowledge of competing learn paradigms. Secondly, it incorporates a "methods" part in step with the non-linear nature of naturalistic inquiry, but it permits the newbie to determine path. Thirdly, the authors contain examples of exact study reports performed (and accomplished) in one yr.

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We defend and hide ourselves with words. The task of the qualitative researcher is to find patterns within those words (and actions) and to present those patterns for others to inspect while at the same time staying as close to the construction of the world as the participants originally experienced it. Bruner argues in Actual Minds, Possible Worlds that the examination of people’s stories captures the particulars of people’s lives and what they mean, while the positivist paradigm with its mathematical approach ‘seeks to transcend the particular by higher and higher reaching for abstraction, and in the end disclaims in principle any explanatory values at all where the particular is concerned’ (1986:13).

The issue here is what pulls things together and what pulls things apart or what should be included within the circle, and what should be placed outside it. This metaphor is rejected as helpful but not accurate enough to uncover the meaning of a text, or a person, or an event. As each metaphor is explored and abandoned in turn, Scholes uses the idea of the construction and abandonment of metaphors itself as a method for understanding the creative process of reading a situation. Scholes says that reading may best be thought of as forming and rejecting metaphors.

Patton, 1980:121)1 A human being can be an instrument of inquiry and thus explore idiosyncrasies and find patterns of behavior, in part, because of what Hannah Arendt in The Human Condition (1958) calls human plurality. Human plurality, the basic condition of both action and speech, has the twofold characteristic of equality and distinction. If we were not equal we could not understand each other or those who came before us. If we were not distinct we would not need to understand each other. Our need to understand and be understood gives rise to inserting ourselves into the world through speech and action.

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