Interpretive Research Design Concepts and Processes

ISBN-10: 041587808X
ISBN-13: 9780415878081
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $63.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Research design is fundamentally central to all scientific endeavors, at all levels and in all institutional settings. This book is a practical, short, simple, and authoritative examination of the concepts and issues in interpretive research design, looking across this approach's methods of generating and analyzing data. It is meant to set the stage for the more "how-to" volumes that will come later in the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods , which will look at specific methods and the designs that they require. It will, however, engage some very practical issues, such as ethical considerations and the structure of research proposals.Interpretive research design requires a high degree of flexibility, where the researcher is more likely to think of "hunches" to follow than formal hypotheses to test. Yanow and Schwartz-Shea address what research design is and why it is important, what interpretive research is and how it differs from quantitative and qualitative research in the positivist traditions, how to design interpretive research, and the sections of a research proposal and report. It demonstrates how interpretive researchers engage with "world-making", context, systematicity and flexibility, reflexivity, investigation, bottom up concepts, and explanatory description.

Research design: Why do we need it?
Ways of knowing: The logic of inquiry of interpretive research
Starting from meaning: Contextuality and its implications
Access, research relationships, researcher roles, positionality, and design flexibility
The character of evidence; mapping for exposure and intertextuality
"Truth claims" and trustworthiness: Anticipating evaluations of interpretive research; researcher sense-making in an abductive logic of inquiry
Design in context: From the human side of research to writing the research manuscript
Speaking across epistemic communities

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