ERIC Number: ED231803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
Naturalistic Inquiry: A Theoretical Perspective.
Jewett, Ann E.
A critique is presented of naturalistic inquiry as a scholarly activity or as an alternative research paradigm directed toward extending knowledge of physical education curriculum and instruction. Four questions are posed: (1) What is the value perspective of naturalistic inquiry? (2) What are the phenomena of interest? (3) What are the customs/rules of inquiry? and (4) How does it affect practice? Each of these questions is examined as it pertains to investigation and research in the field of curriculum design and development and instructional approaches in physical education. It is concluded that the predominant value perspective of naturalistic inquiry is humanistic and that the phenomena of major interest are the holistic nature of curriculum and instruction, the curriculum process, and contextual variables. It is also concluded that its rules of inquiry are those of qualitative approaches of the social sciences, with particular attention to the investigator as the research instrument and that its major effects on practice will be increased attention to theory-building and broadening of the focus of concern. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Naturalistic Research
Note: Paper presented to the Curriculum and Instruction Academy of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Minneapolis, MN, April 7-11, 1983).