ERIC Number: ED402518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Feminist Perspective: Humanizing Research.
Baldwin, Cynthia; Huggins, Don W.
Although feminist perspectives about research have not been presented in a unified paradigm, feminist theory has helped to expose and demystify the empirical assumption of objectivity as the only way to truth in research. The feminist perspective in research represents alternate, non-oppressive formulations of what constitutes meaningful and valid knowledge and scientific practice. These paradigms honor the essential humanistic principles most often expounded within feminist and men's studies. This article answers basic questions about the feminist perspective and its impact on humanizing the empirical science paradigm, and specifically addresses ways in which the feminist perspective in research affects counseling. If truth is accepted as multifaceted and variable as the feminist perspective suggests, then the clean linear design structures of empiricism will eventually give way to a more complex and potentially more meaningful style of research. Contains 29 references. (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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