ERIC Number: ED158149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-28
Reference Count: 0
In Search of the Illusive View of Man.
Varenhorst, Barbara B.
The author presents contemporary views of the quest for knowledge about human beings and the human experience. She then presents criticism of the natural science model as a basis for social and behavioral science research. She notes that the human being and his behavior are so complex that unidimensional research models are inadequate. However, she finds balance in the contribution of scientific rigor to careful investigation of human phenomena. The author next discusses the inclusion of new procedural options and vistas in research. Two areas of particular interest to her are the involvement of subjects as co-designers and co-experimenters in investigations and the inclusion of religious beliefs as a subject of research. She notes the difficulties of work in this area, including the lack of theory and reliable methods. She concludes with a description of a peer counseling program for school truants which she is in the process of developing. The emphasis is on changing the school environment, and the experiment will involve the peer counselors as co-designers and participant observers. (DOW)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, March, 1978)