ERIC Number: EJ1025928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Abduction, Deduction and Induction: Can These Concepts Be Used for an Understanding of Methodological Processes in Interpretative Case Studies?
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v27 n3 p289-307 2014
Within the area of interpretative case studies, there appears to be a vast amount of literature about theoretical interpretations as the main analytical strategy. In light of this theoretically based strategy in case studies, this article presents an extended perspective based on Charles Sanders Peirce's concepts of abduction, deduction and induction. I intend to show some of the integral relationships between these concepts which can be relevant for interpretative case studies exemplified by classroom research. The connections between these concepts and interpretative field research result in two interpretative strategies, illuminated by syllogisms, and named abduction-deduction-induction (A-D-I) and deduction-induction-abduction (D-I-A). These strategies will be discussed.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Theories, Hypothesis Testing, Inquiry, Educational Research, Social Science Research
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