The Paradigm Dialog

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Egon G. Guba
SAGE Publications, Oct 1, 1990 - Social Science - 424 pages
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"The contributors and editor of this work are to be commended for their successful efforts in delineating many of the concerns current within education and in calling for frank debate on these issues by all interested parties. Furthermore, they have stimulated good scholarship by readily admitting to the current state of affairs being one of more questions than answers and more confusion than clarity. They thus remind us that the search for knowledge is one fraught with conflict in a public arena. "The appropriate audience for this volume is assessed to be the reader who derives satisfaction from critical thinking. It would be appropriate for graduate students in education, human services, social sciences, or theology, or any person committed to the endeavor and process of education. "The Paradigm Dialog is one of those rare books that simultaneously stretches the mind while projecting one into self-reflection. For the applied practitioner, whether teacher, counselor, or consultant, the possibility of gaining further insight into the underlying assumptions which constrain one's pedagogy or practice is highly possible upon a critical reading." --The Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling Is scientific positivism, long the reigning paradigm for research in the social sciences, the "best way" to conduct social research? This is the central question examined in The Paradigm Dialog. Recently three key challengers have appeared--postpositivism, critical theory, and constructivism. All three offer researchers new methodological approaches, and all three present fundamental questions that must be addressed. Can research be conducted between paradigms? Are they equally useful in answering questions of applied research? What constitutes good, or ethical, research in each? In this volume, these and other significant questions are examined by a multidisciplinary group of leading figures in qualitative research. Not surprisingly, there is no agreement on the "best" paradigm question, but the dialog offered in this compelling volume deftly explores important issues in selecting the proper paradigm for tackling a variety of research questions. With a group of contributors that reads like a veritable who's who in qualitative research, The Paradigm Dialog is a must for anyone conducting research in the social sciences.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Setting the Stage
15
Points of View
31
Whose Future? Whose Past? Notes on Critical
46
A Remembrance
67
The Need for Dialog
103
Toward a Dialogical
125
Discussion on Accommodation
136
How New? How Necessary?
246
Discussion on Knowledge Accumulation
256
Of Truth
277
Discussion on Methodology
286
A Response to SoCalled Training in
303
Discussion on Training
312
A Response to the Value
333
Discussion on Values
343

An Ethics of Qualitative Field Studies
158
Discussion on Ethics
165
GOODNESS CRITERIA
167
Are They Objective
188
Discussion on Criteria
198
Peering at Paradigms Through the Prism
216
Discussion on Implementation
225
The Auditors Report
360
Carrying on the Dialog
368
References
379
Author Index
401
Subject Index
407
About the Contributors
417
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