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ERIC Number: EJ855988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
The Proliferation of Theoretical Paradigms Quandary: How One Novice Researcher Used Eclecticism as a Solution
Stinson, David W.
Qualitative Report, v14 n3 p498-523 Sep 2009
When a doctoral student plans to conduct qualitative education research, the aspect of the dissertation that often becomes problematic is determining which theoretical paradigm(s) might frame the study. In this article, the author discusses how he resolved the quandary through eclecticism. The author begins by describing briefly the purpose of his dissertation study, providing a justification for eclecticism in the selection of theories. He follows with a description of the three theories--poststructural theory, critical race theory, and critical theory--that framed his study and discusses briefly the methodology employed. The author concludes with a discussion of likely objections of his study and with an explanation of why his study was positioned within a critical postmodern paradigm. (Contains 1 table and 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A