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The authors have concentrated this e-book at the severe, starting, qualitative researcher - theoretically rigorous, but with an comprehensible perspective.; The ebook has 3 major positive factors. First, it presents a powerful theoretical base for the certainty of competing study paradigms. Secondly, it contains a "methods" part in line with the non-linear nature of naturalistic inquiry, but it permits the newbie to work out course. Thirdly, the authors contain examples of exact learn reviews carried out (and accomplished) in one yr.

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The two chapters that follow will provide a beginning methodology for the use of people’s words, actions and documents within a qualitative perspective. This short introduction will not provide answers to the problem of using and understanding peoples’ words in qualitative research but will provide a prologue to what follows. Why words? Simply stated, using the subjects’ words better reflects the postulates of the qualitative paradigm. The qualitative research looks to understanding a situation as it is constructed by the participants.

We explain ourselves with words. 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 riddle posed in The Meno is as follows: Socrates engages Meno in a conversation about the nature of virtue. After dismissing several of Meno’s definitions of virtue, Socrates says that he does not know the definition of virtue either, but nonetheless invites Meno to try to find the definition of virtue. Meno responds: Why, on what lines will you look, Socrates, for a thing of whose nature you know nothing at all? Pray, what sort of thing, amongst those that you do not know, will you treat us to as the object of your search?

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