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ERIC Number: EJ832813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
A Pluralist View of Generalization in Qualitative Research
Larsson, Staffan
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v32 n1 p25-38 Apr 2009
A common way of discussing generalisation is to search for one conception--a monist view. Another approach is to create a dichotomy between quantitative and qualitative research, each having a single definition--a dualist perspective. A pluralist view is argued for here, i.e. the existence of several lines of reasoning, each of which can be evaluated in specific cases in terms of usefulness, strengths and weaknesses. Five different lines of reasoning about generalization, which could possibly be useful in qualitative research, are presented. They are: "studies that undermine established universal 'truths'", "the ideographic study", "enhancing the generalisation potential by maximizing variation", "generalisation through context similarity" and "generalisation through recognition of patterns". Each is critically commented on.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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