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ERIC Number: ED301118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
The Qualitative Dimension.
Lodge-Peters, Dianne S.
The qualitative dimension of educational research methodology is explored, and the literature of qualitative methodology is reviewed so researchers may (1) understand more fully the qualitative dimension as it, in turn, fits within the parameters of educational research as a whole, and (2) have more informed access to the sometimes daunting array of literature that is available. Qualitative research is described as trying to uncover patterns which underlie social behavior (behavior which occurs in groups that have been ordered or organized over a reasonable length of time). When it takes the form of schooling, education can be said to occur in social groups which, over time, exhibit observable behavior. Qualitative inquiry delivers its truth value by a process called triangulation. Key to an understanding of qualitative inquiry is a consideration of grounded theory in which data drive theory, not vice versa. It is noted that qualitative research is not monolithic. Several pitfalls to avoid are noted, including how to cope with the chaos of data gathered without having made a priori assumptions. The importance of preserving the language of the respondents is stressed. It is noted that doing qualitative research entails persistently going back again and again to the sources in order to ensure that one has "got it right." Contains 22 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Jackson Hole, WY, October 1988).