ERIC Number: ED238947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Three Approaches to Descriptive Research.
This report compares three approaches to descriptive research, focusing on the kinds of descriptions developed and on the methods used to develop the descriptions. The main emphasis in all three approaches is on verbal data. In these approaches the importance of interpretation and its intuitive nature are emphasized. The three approaches, however, represent some differences. In the comparison, the kinds of descriptions developed and methods used are considered as parts of the broader context of each approach. The differences in descriptions and methods are seen as reflecting differences between the approaches in the general aim or commitment of the research, the delimitation of the field of research, and the designs and kinds of data collection used. The three approaches also represent three different orientations in the search for a methodological basis and for support in answering questions about methods. The most significant differences between the three approaches are arrived at by characterizing what is essential to each approach and what then is essentially different between the approaches. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Stockholm.
Authoring Institution: Goteborg Univ., Molndal (Sweden). Dept. of Education.
Identifiers: Descriptive Research; Qualitative Analysis; Qualitative Data
Note: Paper presented at the Symposium on Qualitative Research in Psychology (Perugia, Italy, August 8-12, 1983).