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ERIC Number: ED141767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
New Considerations of Older Methodologies for Inquiry with Older Readers.
De Santi, R. J.
Methodological incarceration occurs when research and investigation are restricted by the traditional concepts of how a study should be designed and are hampered by those notions which dictate what research is. This paper examines several reasons why social science research in general--reading research in particular--is considered by some to be irrelevant. Among the topics addressed are the use of variables generated from the situations being studied, the applicability of quantification methods, the intuitive nature of the hypothesis-generation stage, the incorporation of conflicting information into larger theories, and the role of external validity. An alternative methodology, participant observation, is suggested as a strategy to avoid some of these problems. Specifically, the structure of the interview, sampling, questioning techniques, and reliability are discussed as they apply to the participant-observation method. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)