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Philosophical Assumptions - Qualitative Research

Philosophical Assumptions - Qualitative Research

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Qualitative Research Philosophy
Qualitative Research Philosophy

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Published by: Michael Sturgeon, Ph.D. on Jul 07, 2008
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TABLE 5.

1 Philosophical Assumptions with Implications for Practice Assumption Questions Characteristics Implications for Practice (examples)
Ontological What is the nature of reality? Reality is subjective and multiple, as seen by participants in a study Researcher uses quotes and themes in words of participants and provides evidence of different perspectives. Researcher collaborates, spends time in field with participants, and becomes an “insider” Researcher openly discusses values that shape the narrative and includes own interpretation in conjunction with interpretation of participants. Researchers uses an engaging style of narrative, may use first-person pronoun, and employs the language of qualitative research Researchers works with particulars (details) before generalizations, describes in details the context of the study, and continually revises questions from experiences in the field.

Epistemological

What is the relationship between the researcher and that being researched? What is the role of values?

Researcher attempts o lessen distance between self and that being researched. Researcher acknowledges that research is value laden and that biases are present

Axiological

Rhetorical

What is the language of research?

Researcher writes in a literary, informal style using the personal voice and uses qualitative terms and limited definitions. Researchers uses inductive logic, studies the topic within its context, and uses an emerging design.

Methodological

What is the process of research?

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