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ERIC Number: ED234455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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Issues in International Communications: Development Communications Research.
Jacobson, Thomas
One debate in the field of development communications research focuses on the type of science that ought to be practiced: empirical or critical. The issues involved are many, but epistemological analysis can shed light on a number of them. Traditional empiricism as embodied in the "classical" development communications work is deserving of much of the criticism it has received, since it has made inappropriate claims to value-neutrality and objectivity and is ethnocentric in spite of its claims. Current philosophical formulations of empiricism, however, do not make these claims. On the contrary, they legitimize the use of value-laden assumptions in research. This has three primary implications: (1) the search for alternatives to traditional empiricism is academically valid, (2) neither critical research nor modern approaches to empirical research can exclude the other on "a priori" philosophical grounds, and (3) the two approaches are not mutually exclusive and can be used together. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A