ERIC Number: ED422365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-12
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Apperception and Meaning Making in the World of Qualitative Inquiry: An Examination of Novice Qualitative Researchers.
Shindler, John V.; Case, Rod E.
Becoming a qualitative researcher requires an extensive education. The training is rigorous and the knowledge base is vast, but the most difficult realization for many novice researchers is the heavy emphasis on the "self as research instrument." This study examined novice researchers from three introductory qualitative methods classes. Surveys and interviews completed by approximately 40 students were used to inquire into the world of these beginning qualitative researchers. An emergent design was used, with a constructivist orientation. Data suggested that although there were many common experiences and instructional needs, there were real differences in the behavior of the participants and experiences the participants had. Two dimensions of difference seemed to emerge from the data: (1) participants seemed to approach the subject/object of their study with profound variance; and (2) participants seemed to have varying, often opposing, orientations to the process of interpretation and making sense of their research. Findings are presented in the form of participant thoughts, feelings, and behavior that illustrate these two themes. These data are presented with a theoretical framework consisting of intersecting continua, the intersection of what the researchers termed "apperception," with the novice researcher's orientation termed either essentialist or constructivist. The instructional implications of the data are discussed. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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