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ERIC Number: EJ792880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8329
Debates and Paradoxes Surrounding the Use of Qualitative Methods
Shenton, Andrew K.; Dixon, Pat
Education for Information, v22 n1 p1-12 2004
Although qualitative methods have been employed for many years, there remain many unresolved issues for investigators wishing to undertake work of this type. This paper, aimed primarily at students and inexperienced researchers, considers some of the most pertinent of these matters and suggests responses that the investigator may make. Some of the issues under scrutiny are expressed as "debates", in which the contrasting standpoints of different writers are presented. This discussion is followed by coverage of "paradoxes", in which either there may appear to be inconsistencies within the qualitative paradigm or the investigator is likely to encounter problems in attempting to satisfy different criteria within it. Provision for one such concern may lead to the detriment of the researcher's attempt to address another. The paper concludes by acknowledging that, although some of the matters raised can be addressed through processes such as prioritising, there remains much disagreement among researchers as to the best courses of action for addressing many of the outstanding issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom