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ERIC Number: ED262243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 28
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Research Paradigms in Adult Education: Philosophical Differences and Complementary Methodologies.
Garrison, D. R.
To reduce the confusion existing in adult education as to the merits of various research paradigms, two philosophies of science (logical positivism and phenomenology) were juxtaposed. Their relationship to three common methodologies (empiricism, ethnomethodology, and grounded theory) of adult education were explored. It was concluded that methodological conflict is essentially counterproductive and serves only to conceal the complementary nature of research methodologies. Further, the diversity of research paradigms in adult education could provide the creative tension for theory formation and the subsequent growth of adult education as a discipline. To manage such diversity, however, would require a holistic perspective to integrate the seemingly diverse and disparate data into meaningful theory. It was suggested that one paradigm that could accomplish this integrative function is general systems theory. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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