"Showing how science is limited by its dominant mode of investigation, Lincoln and Guba propose an alternative paradigm--a "naturalistic" rather than "rationalistic" method of inquiry--in which the investigator avoids manipulating research outcomes. A "paradigm shift" is under way in many fields, they contend, and go on to describe the different assumptions of the two approaches regarding the nature of reality, subject-object interaction, the possibility of generalization, the concept of causality, and the role of values. The authors also offer guidance for research in the field (where, they say, naturalistic inquiry always takes place). Useful tips are given, for example, on "designing" a study as it unfolds, establishing "trustworthiness," and writing a case report. This book helps researchers "both to understand and to do naturalistic inquiry." Of particular interest to educational researchers, it is valuable for all social scientists involved with questions of qualitative and quantitative methodology."--Publisher's description.
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Ive read a lot of books on qualitative research to help me develop the methodology for my dissertation research. I would recommend this text only because my research advisor says it is the most ... Read full review
Excellent book by Lincoln and Guba written in a lucid style with detailed examples. I have recommended this book at various levels. I wish to see this book in various languages so that all could have access specially in India and Mumbai where I work I am sure the Marathi and Hindi readers shall gain a lot
Good luck Lincon and Guba
IDOL, University of Mumbai
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