Standing at the corner of epistemology ave, theoretical trail, methodology blvd, and methods street the intersections of qualitative research

Elizabeth Graue, Anne Karabon

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Abstract

With qualitative research, judging quality is complex. It is not just a matter of checking that methods are appropriately implemented. Epistemology, or the theory of knowing, gets thrown in the mix. Elements of method are defined in relation to methodology but, more importantly, in the context of specific conceptions of how we come to know. For example, a case conceptualized within case study might be seen as a sample that represents the population or intrinsically interesting in its uniqueness (Stake, 1995). To spice things up even further, the theoretical framework used orients researchers in particular ways so that certain methods are preferred. All these things come together in design and, consequently, in quality judgments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReviewing Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages11-20
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781136699245
ISBN (Print)9780415893473
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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